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?