PETA Tells Feds Tomcat Glue Traps Allegedly Violating California Anti-Violence Law


For immediate release:
Jul 9, 2021

Moira Collie 202-483-7382

Marysville, Ohio – PETA filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Protection Bureau this morning urging the agency to investigate Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. for misleading marketing materials about Tomcat glue traps. PETA claims that the company engages in prohibited “unfair” activities and deceives consumers by advising them to use devices in a way that violates California’s animal cruelty law, which prohibits causing unnecessary or unnecessary physical pain or suffering to animals.

Panicked animals caught in glue traps can suffer for hours or even days. They eventually die painfully and slowly from dehydration, hunger, exhaustion, suffocation, or blood loss after trying to gnaw off their limbs or tear off their skin. Regardless, Scotts instructs users to dispose of glue traps containing trapped animals by putting them directly in the trash, without advising them to regularly check traps, humanely release trapped animals, or allow them to die quickly.

“PETA believes the marketing of these violent Scotts devices is misleading and appears to be breaking the law,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. PETA is urging the FTC to investigate and get the company to advise consumers on how to lessen, not exacerbate, the suffering caused by its death traps.

PETA wants the FTC to either ban Scotts from selling its Tomcat glue traps altogether, or requires it at least instruct users to check the traps at least every hour and add a label warning California residents that traps may violate state law.

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