Target and Dollar Tree have quietly stopped selling rodent glue traps, which animal rights activists have long condemned as unnecessarily cruel, The Post has learned.
The two mega-retailers, who together operate more than 17,000 stores across the United States, are following other big retailers in laying the traps. These include drugstore chains CVS, Rite Aid and Duane Reade as well as discount retailer Big Lots, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Hundreds of smaller retailers, including independent stores and midsize chains, as well as stores at more than 100 airports have also dropped glue traps over the years, according to PETA.
Target and Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Dollar Tree made the decision to stop selling the traps about a year ago and may still “have a very small residual number of these traps”. [traps] in our stores,” the company told PETA in an email, in which it confirmed it had “no plans to restock” the products, according to the animal rights group.
Target listed the traps as recently as May 10 on its website, according to PETA, but it dropped them after May 16, according to the animal rights group, citing appeals to 20 stores across the country and advice from Target employees.
Introduced in the 1980s, glue traps have also been used to capture other wildlife including birds, snakes and squirrels which “struggle desperately to escape, sometimes chewing off their own limbs before succumbing to shock. , dehydration or loss of blood,” according to PETA.
The group is now focused on Home Depot and Lowe’s, PETA spokeswoman Moira Colley said, adding, “We continue to push Walmart, Amazon and others to follow Target’s lead.” The group said it was also in talks with grocers, including Albertson’s, the No. 2 supermarket chain in the United States.
A Home Depot spokesperson told the Post that it had “ongoing conversations with PETA representatives on this issue,” adding “We offer a wide variety of choices in all of our product categories based on demand. client”.
Lowe’s did not immediately respond for comment.
“For whatever reason, some companies don’t want to admit they’ve been pressured to make a change,” Colley told the Post.
PETA is known for its aggressive tactics aimed at shaming and pressuring big corporations to capitulate on a specific issue, largely through protests outside major stores or big events like the first day of Canada Goose trading as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange in March 2017. It was then that PETA supporters lined up outside the exchange carrying posters of bloody coyotes whose fur was used as trim on the expensive parkas from the clothing company.
In 2020, Canada Goose announced its decision to stop making coats with fur from freshly killed coyotes. PETA more recently attacked French fashion companies for using alligator and lizard skins obtained by brutal means, as reported by The Post.