It is said that if you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door. Well, maybe don’t hold your breath for the world, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) might show up, knock, and maybe even give you an award.
That’s what happened recently to the New York City Police Department (NYPD). They had been dealing with a different kind of culprit, the small and furry kind who had shown up willingly at their headquarters in lower Manhattan, mice. The department took measures and put out glue traps.
Somehow, an anonymous tip perhaps, PETA heard about the departments’s decision to use the glue traps and contacted Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. PETA urged Commissioner Kelly to forgo the use of the extremely cruel traps in favor of a more humane alternative.
PETA was probably expecting a brush off from Kelly, head of the nation’s largest municipal police force, but instead Kelly listened to the animal rights organization's recommendations and decided to make the change to a more humane method of mouse removal.
For its decision to stop using the traps, PETA awarded the NYPD with a Compassion Award, and cited the department for its kindness and for setting “the gold standard for others to emulate.”
Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s vice president says due to the NYPD’s decision to stop using the “exceedingly cruel devices, many mice, birds, and other small animals will be spared a tarrying, prolonged and painful death.”
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