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NYPD wins PETA award for switching from glue mouse traps to spring ones

Mouse NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has been commended for a new method to catch trespassers -- the small, furry ones running loose at the headquarters of the nation's largest department.

The strategy? Spring-loaded mousetraps.

The department had been using glue traps, on which mice get stuck and can live up to 24 hours, to get rid of the rodent problem at 1 Police Plaza. On Oct. 12, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals received an anonymous complaint about the traps.

"We immediately conveyed our concerns to Police Commissioner [Raymond] Kelly and asked that they ban glue trap usage," Martin Mersereau, the director of PETA's emergency response division, said Thursday.

The department responded in November. Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Thursday that the traps were replaced with two types of professional-grade traps PETA recommended, created to kill mice instantly. The department spends about $100,000 annually on extermination, using the Brooklyn-based company KingsWay, whose motto is "We kill with skill."

"Someone ratted us out," Browne quipped. "But we made some changes. We got rid of thousands of glue traps."

The New York Times first reported the tale.

As a result, the animal rights group awarded the department and Kelly the Compassion Award, for the decision "to stop using cruel glue traps."

Mersereau cautioned the best way to get rid of rodents is to seal buildings and keep them clean. "Lest you find yourself in an endless kill cycle," he said.

A police employee made the rounds Wednesday at the brick headquarters at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, collecting old glue traps. The department headquarters houses the commissioner's office, internal affairs, criminal justice, and other offices. Some locations -- for example, certain press room offices -- have not yet been outfitted with new traps.

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-- Colleen Long, Associated Press

Photo: A mouse (not one of those in residence at NYPD headquarters). Credit: Associated Press

 
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Does that really sound more humane? Catching mice live seems like a much better solution. The Detroit Police Department and several other government agencies have switched to live traps whice are more effective and cleaner to use.
Kenneth Stoico, CEO of SureCatch Inc. says that more and agencies are using live traps as an alternative to spring loaded or glue traps.

PETA has had some confrontations with police in the past that haven't ended so amiably. It's good to see organizations working together to do the right thing in this case.


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