I would like to publicly thank Ace Hardware for agreeing to withdraw "Stick-Em" glue traps from their shelves.
Ace Hardware readily acknowledged the inhumanity of these traps - the animals caught in the glue suffer for days before they finally die of starvation, dehydration, self-mutilation, and shock while patches of skin, fur, or feathers are torn from their bodies as they struggle to escape. As with all traps, non-target species - birds, squirrels, pets and even small children - have been accidentally trapped.
Ace Hardware has joined CVS, Rite Aid, Albertsons, and Safeway in banning glue traps. That leaves Lowes, PetSmart and Home Depot as the leaders in selling animal torture devices. Apparently more public feedback is required before these companies will acknowledge the sentience of mammals, and the concerns of compassionate consumers. I urge you to vote against cruelty by patronizing stores that have chosen not to supply these archaic and barbaric devices, and to make your shopping choices known.