Yishun community cat feeders urge authorities again to end the use of glue traps in neighbourhoods

Cat welfare group Yishun 326 Tabby cat made another call against the use of glue traps in the heartlands after a community cat feeder found a couple of them being set up near Northview Primary School.

According to the Facebook post, pest control personnel had been engaged by Sembawang Town Council to lay glue traps with bait in the Yishun neighborhood to catch and dispose of rats.

The thing is, glue traps catch more than just rodents — birds, squirrels, snakes, and cats have been entangled in the adhesive. In January, volunteers from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) had to rescue three birds that were stuck in glue traps in Toa Payoh. In May, two stray cats were found covered in glue traps in the vicinity of Northview Primary School — the very same area where the controversial traps were being set up on Monday evening.

Yishun 326 Tabby Cat claimed that Sembawang Town Council denied ever using glue traps back in May, and despite the welfare group’s protests, it seems like glue traps are being used again by third-party contractors.

“Glue trapping is extremely inhumane and often catches unintended targets,” wrote the cat welfare group, adding that the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has since been alerted. “It is a terrifying and slow death.”

Such traps are banned in countries such as New Zealand and Ireland, but are perfectly legal in Singapore and can be purchased at Daiso or online for a little over two dollars. Though marketed as a cure for cockroaches, lizards, and rats, glue traps tend not to care what they snare. Anbarasi Boopal, ACRES’ deputy chief executive, told Coconuts Singapore earlier this year that the non-governmental organization is strongly against the use of glue traps.

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