Banks say they won’t stick it to the mice

Mice still threatened

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is taking credit for getting People’s United Financial and 20 other major financial institutions to ban the use of glue traps when eradicating the occasional mouse.

“Banks aren’t always known for their compassion, but when it comes to giving mice, birds, and other small animals a break, you can now put your money on the financial industry, or at least a large chunk of it,” said David Perle, of PETA in an email. “PETA has been quietly working behind the scenes on a corporate campaign to stop the use of glue traps—devices coated with strong adhesives that can trap small animals, including mice, rats, birds, and even kittens. Once caught in these devices, the animals struggle to escape, becoming more ensnared in the glue. They then die from exhaustion, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss.”

Other financials that PETA said agreed to the ban on glue traps, include Citigroup, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, JPMorgan Chase, PNC, U.S. Bancorp, Wells Fargo, MetLife and even Goldman Sachs. There did not appear any corroborating evidence of the agreement from the other banks, though PETA announced the bans at Goldman and Citi in July.

The move by the financial institutions doesn’t mean they’re going soft on the rodents, as mice will still take their lives in their hands if they choose to nose around the institutions.

Perle said his organization checked with People’s but the bank didn’t specify how they would be getting rid of the creatures and that the main point is that the bank is not using glue traps, the cruelest method for controlling rodents.

A source at People’s informed the Mines the bank didn’t generally use glue traps anyway. The source also noted that the bank doesn’t have any unusual rodent activity.

Rob Varnon