As I’ve said before in my blog, I’m not a fan of Glue Boards being used in Pest Control but I can see where they should be used by professionals. However it seems that even professional pest controls are making mistakes:
SINGAPORE: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has called for an “immediate ban” on glue board traps used by pest control companies.
This comes after it found a cat stuck on such a trap.
SPCA posted on Facebook a photo of a dead cat which was extricated from the glue board.
The board had been placed by a pest control company hired by the Jurong Town Council to trap rats.
SPCA said the case was reported last Friday and by the time the cat was brought in, it was in “deep distress and panting heavily”.
The cat was eventually put down to prevent further suffering.
SPCA has written to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority to request for an immediate ban of the traps.
It is also calling for action to be taken against the parties responsible.
SPCA executive director Corinne Fong said: “The animals, when they get trapped on these traps as the case with this cat, the animals die a slow and very painful death, so we are urging the authorities to ban the use of these products.”
SPCA said it has contacted both the town council and pest control company.
Jurong Town Council general manager Ho Thian Poh though told Channel NewsAsia the council was never contacted and that the SPCA “dealt directly with the pest control company”.
Mr Ho said the use of the glue board was a “last resort”, and this was the first time a cat was trapped.
He said the area — Block 52 Jurong West — had been facing a rodent problem, and the Town Council had employed other means such as using tracking powder and small cages to no avail.
Mr Ho added such traps are placed only within the bin centre for 24 hours at a time.
Separately, AVA said it is investigating the matter and will “not hesitate to press for a deterrent sentence, if warranted”.
AVA has specific guidelines on the use of glue traps.
Noting that there are not many options for trapping rodents, and that glue traps are commonly used in many countries, AVA in 2010 had issued guidelines on the use of such traps.
They include using the traps only in enclosed areas to avoid the trapping of the wrong animal.
Trapped rodents have to be killed humanely and disposed of properly and any non-target animal caught in the trap, such as cats or birds, must be released unharmed and have the glue removed from its body with cooking or baby oil.
The AVA said “such animals should also be sent to a veterinarian for attention, if necessary”.
Anyone found guilty of animal cruelty can be fined up to S$10,000 and jailed up to 12 months.