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Thomas Walkom: The animal cruelty case against glue traps

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The bird was a female cardinal. It was on the ground and appeared to be stuck to something. It was in distress.

When my wife and I approached, we could see that it was somehow glued to a rectangular piece of plastic. The more it struggled, the more it became entangled.

In trying to free itself, it had already pulled out most of its wing feathers. One of its legs was firmly stuck to the plastic tray.

The glue itself was a powerful adhesive. To even brush against it was to stick.

We discovered later that we had come upon something called a glue trap. It is designed to catch rodents such as rats and mice. But as the unlucky cardinal found out, it is indiscriminate and can entangle any small animal that touches it.

Glue traps are banned as inhumane in Ireland, New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria. But, so far at least, they are perfectly legal in Canada.

You can find glue traps for sale in hardware stores and online. They are cheap. Glue traps big enough to ensnare a........

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