Animal rights activists appeal Bunnings to remove popular glue traps from their shelves, calling them “barbaric”.
Even though the traps are meant to catch bugs and insects, activists have accused them of also trapping native animals, inflicting slow and painful deaths on them.
Wild Animals Australian Cat Coca told news.com.au: “They’re just dying because they’re stuck on these things.
“It’s just barbaric and we ask Bunnings as a company to assume a certain environmental responsibility.
Coca said many animals such as snakes, kookaburras and kittens fall victim to these traps.
She added: “If an animal gets stuck on it and manages to get out of it, let’s say for example a bird, that bird can’t fly because it’s covered in glue, so it’s on the ground to be eaten and if it get stuck on a glue trap, it can take days for these things to die.
Tara Ward, chief pro bono attorney at the Animal Advocates Office, also told the outlet that selling glue traps in Victoria could potentially breach legalization.
She said: ‘Provided they are able to trap a vertebrate and there is evidence to show they are doing so, then in our view an argument could well be made that they are breaking the law.
“It would probably be an offense to sell this gear.”
Likewise, conservationists also called on the hardware department store to stop stocking specific poisons for rats and mice, as they were killing countless birds.
Daily Mail reports that BirdLife Australia requires Bunnings remove second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGAR) shelves.
They claim that many birds died after eating rodents that had ingested the poison.
There was a significant increase in rodenticide sales in 2021 after eastern Australia faced an invasion of mice, prompting the animal rights organization to launch a petition.
Their petition reads:Second generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGAR) poison and even kill native wildlife such as owls, eagles, magpies and quols. It’s not just wildlife, the family’s beloved cats and dogs are also at risk.
“Many Australian councils use SGAR control rodents in managed by the council buildings and spaces, without realizing the impacts this has on wildlife and domestic animals in the community.
Following the petition, Bunnings General Merchandise Manager Adrian Pearce issued a statement: “We understand that there are risks associated with the use of second generation anticoagulants rodenticides (SGAR) for birds and certain wildlife, and we proactively promote the safe use of these products and help customers make informed purchasing decisions.
“Over the past few months, we have worked with our suppliers to include additional packaging information as well as update our website to help customers identify first or second generation products. rodenticides.”
He continued: “We will continue to closely follow the advice of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and work with our suppliers to innovate in this area.