SPAR axes Plymouth shop caught on video trapping mice in glue

Convenience store SPAR is pulling out of a Plymouth city center branch after an horrific video emerged showing mice struggling to escape what appears to be a ‘glue trap’ in the window.

The footage shows the front of shop, on Armada Way, with a piece of cardboard underneath one of the shelves.

Upon closer inspection, a mouse can be seen lying on its side struggling and appearing to be stuck on a ‘glue trap’.

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In the video, another mouse is also seen hidden further under the shelving.

A number of people have complained to the store, and a piece of cardboard has been put in place to shield people passing’s view.




In response, a spokesperson for SPAR confirmed to PlymouthLive that following an inspection, the outlet will no longer be a SPAR UK store.

They said: “We are aware of a complaint made regarding pest control measure within the store on Armada Way, Plymouth.

“As a result of an inspection of the outlet following the customer complaint, this outlet is no longer a SPAR UK store and we do not supply them with goods.

“We have advised the now independent store to seek alternative remedies for the infestation.”

A spokesperson for the RSPCA has explained that glue traps cause ‘unacceptable suffering’ to animals, and are calling for a ban on them.



A horrific video has emerged which shows mice struggling to escape what appears to be a 'glue trap' in the window of a store in Plymouth City Centre.
A horrific video has emerged which shows mice struggling to escape what appears to be a ‘glue trap’ in the window of a store in Plymouth City Centre.

RSPCA scientific officer Evie Button said: “Glue traps are horrible devices, which have no place in modern England. They cause unacceptable suffering and are totally indiscriminate in what they catch, ensnaring wild animals like birds and even pets. We are opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all glue traps and are calling for a ban on them.

“Glue traps come with very serious welfare issues. Even the way they’re designed to catch animals – by sticking their limbs to the board as they cross it, as seen in the video – inflicts pain and distress. Mice and rats are the main victims but other animals such as snakes, robins, owls and even kittens and cats are maimed or fatally injured because of these awful traps.

“Once the poor animal is stuck, they begin to struggle to free themselves, and in doing so, more and more parts of their body become trapped in the glue. In their increasing panic and desperation to escape, rats and mice have been found to tear patches of their fur out, break bones, and even gnaw their own limbs off in a bid to be free.

“Unfortunately, glue traps are widely available and a cheap method of rodent control – but there are other, more humane methods available too, such as humane deterrence.”




A ban on using glue traps in England is a step closer after the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons and the RSPCA now looks forward to it progressing through the Lords.

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