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Letter: No need to kill a mouse

Re “Eek! What to do with a mouse in the house” (Monitor Livewell NH, October edition):

I agree with the preventive measures listed to keep these rodents from entering houses, but I take issue with the recommendation of using snap traps and glue traps to catch mice. Glue traps are especially cruel because the mice suffer for an extended period, slowly suffocating to death.

I realize that mice carry many diseases, some fatal, such as the Hanta virus. But mice are also an integral part of the ecosystem, as are all animals. They should not be killed but caught in a humane “live-catch” trap and released far away from where humans live.

Many years ago I caught a mouse in my home and ended up keeping her in an aquarium until spring arrived, at which point I released her in an area a long distance from civilization. I never had to come into contact with her physically as I had a transfer cage for cleaning the aquarium. She was fascinating to watch as she exercised on a wheel and carved separate areas for different activities for herself in her living quarters. She enjoyed all kinds of plant foods that I gave her daily.

Life-catch traps may be purchased from hardware stores. Order them if they don’t keep them in stock and from PETA.com or by phoning 757-622-PETA.

Why kill and/or cause animal suffering when catch and release is such a simple, humane solution?

BARBARA BONSIGNORE

Concord

we should tax mouse and rat traps.

a liberals solution to every one of their perceived problems is to TAX MORE

Glue traps. Ugh. What kind of person would ever do that to an animal? What a horrible way to die. I often wonder who on earth ever thought up such a dreadful, torturous idea. I have to deal with rats on occasion. I use snap traps. They kill instantly. I cannot allow rats to proliferate--and they will--and am not up for relocating them. Mice can hop around my property with impunity, but I do use a Have-a-Heart and relocate them if they get inside. They can do a lot of unwitting damage. Yes, I know relocating them almost certainly dooms them but I really cannot bring myself to use a snap trap on mice.

What a lovely letter. I try to avoid intentionally harming any animals who wander into my home, and that includes insects (I catch them in PETA's bug catcher and free them outside). I just don't see the point in causing suffering unnecessarily.

Cats as a rule kill mice immediately. We have one who thinks the mouse is a toy to play with and we try to get it away from her quickly. I have seen a mouse running from place to place trying to get away from our cat and I know it feels fear. I can not abide animals even mice feeling fear or suffering. Mice, chipmunks and especially squirrels are real pests to me, but I would not put them in a trap where they suffer for days before dying. Just me I guess. If a choice was trapping an animal and taking it for a ride or watching it suffer, it is going for a ride. Animals are adaptable and it would be up to them to make it in their new neighbor hood.

By all means I keep any captured mouse alive. My corn snake likes his meal warm and kicking. You are correct that they are part of the ecosystem, they are prey.

Barbara, you have a long history of advocating for animals, and sometimes I agree with your stances. But not this time. According to wildlife biologists, when a person live traps an animal and then trans-locates it miles away with humane intention, the usual outcome is the exact opposite. The animal is released in to a habitat it knows nothing about-where to find food, water, where to get safe shelter. Risk is not limited to predators, but include similar and it's own species, which will usually chase it off in turf war dominance. The released animal has little chance of surviving, being attacked because it is a stranger, chased away off food sources, and most of them die within days. Starvation, wounded, etc. The label of have-a-heart is almost always a lot more cruel a death than that warm and fuzzy title implies, and frankly I am surprised in this day and age you are still advocating that they be used.

Excellent post gdn 1. That is exactly what happens. I would think that a woman who puts forth the idea that she knows how animals should be treated, would know this basic trait of how animals behave.

I WOULDN'T!

The opposite of have a heart traps are the steel jaw traps. Some animals last for days in these traps before they die and have been known to chew off their legs to get free. You take your pick as to which is more humane way for an animal to die.

We don't kill mice in our house. Our cats do. Because they're carnivores who's domestication by humans hasn't been able to wipe out their species' innate ability - and need - to hunt.

Your cat, My Mini Schnauzer, by the way is a great mouser!

This prompts other questions....what do you do with a bee in your bonnett? A fly in between the storm and regular windows? A rattlesnake in a box? So many questions, so little time.

Gotta love your reply Itsa. You made my day, ROFL

I'd like to make a comment about this letter... but I'm speechless...

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