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e-4596 (Animals)

Initiated by lavinia rojas from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • This year the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC have seen over 30 intakes related to glue traps. Mostly, has been birds and bats.. Small mammals, including pets, can also get stuck on glue traps, leading to their suffering and potential death;
  • It is deeply troubling that these devices are openly displayed, potentially exposing children to their existence and the practices they represent;
  • Eighteen Indian states and territories, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, two states and one territory in Australia, and many states in the USA have prohibited the usage of rodents glue board traps;
  • There have been studies and research conducted on the impact of mice glue boards on mice. Here are some findings that highlight the negative effects of glue traps on mice: Glue traps cause immense physical and psychological suffering to mice. When caught on the adhesive surface, mice experience extreme distress and struggle to free themselves. They injure themselves while attempting to escape, resulting in broken bones, dislocated joints, torn skin, or even self- mutilation. Mice caught in glue traps suffer for several days before they eventually die. During this time, they endure stress, pain, and dehydration, an agonizing process; and
  • Glue traps violate principles of humane treatment and animal welfare. All Animal Organizations have condemned the use of glue traps due to the cruelty involved.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to implement an immediate ban on rodent glue board traps across Canada due to their inherent animal cruelty and environmental impact.

Response by the Minister of Health

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): Yasir Naqvi

Rodent glue traps are not currently regulated under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA).

In 2018, Health Canada published a proposal to amend the Pest Control Products Regulation (PCPR) so that some of these types of devices would no longer be exempt from the application of the PCPA.  Although the public consultation period for this proposal closed on February 28, 2019, the proposed regulatory amendments have not yet been formalised. As the proposal moves forward, there will be additional upcoming opportunities to provide comments on this matter. 

It is important to note that provinces and territories (PTs), federal and municipal governments have shared responsibilities in regulating pesticides. While Health Canada authorizes pesticides, it does not decide whether those products will be used. PTs responsibilities for pesticides generally include, regulating the sale, use, transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides. Furthermore, PTs conduct compliance monitoring that complements federal compliance programs, and issue licences and/or permits to pesticide applicators, operators and vendors. PTs are also responsible for and have measures in place to address both wildlife management and animal welfare. PTs have their own laws to protect animals and  in most, the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a Non-Government Organization (NGO), enforces animal protection legislation.

Open for signature
September 28, 2023, at 10:16 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 26, 2024, at 10:16 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Laurel Collins (Victoria)
February 5, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02082)
Government response tabled
March 20, 2024
Photo - Laurel Collins
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia