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Aussie banks unite on sticky mouse issue

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While US banks celebrate avoiding the fiscal cliff, mice residing in Australia's financial institutions are also squeaking a sigh of relief in 2013.

On Thursday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia announced ANZ, Westpac Corporation, Commonwealth Bank, Virgin Money Australia and Suncorp have introduced policies against the use of glue traps in their offices and branches.

According to PETA, glue traps are devices coated with strong adhesives that can trap small animals, including mice, rats, birds and even kittens, and are prohibited for public use in Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania.

"Once caught in these devices, the animals struggle to escape, becoming more ensnared in the glue," a PETA statement said.

"Death, which can take more than 24 hours, results from exhaustion, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation or blood loss.

"Many animals will chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape."

Other financial institutions ceasing the use of glue traps include Bank of Queensland, Newcastle Permanent, Citibank, Goldman Sachs and HSBC.

"When it comes to giving mice, birds and other small animals a break, you can bank on the financial industry," said PETA spokesman Jason Baker.

"These institutions have shown that glue traps have no place in their businesses."

AAP

5 comments

  • Such a cynical gesture by an industry with a disastrous public image. Banks are not known for pest infestations - mice are not interested in eating cash!

    Commenter
    BillinKL
    Date and time
    January 03, 2013, 12:15PM
    • Stop being so negative. It draws attention to an issue that I had never even heard of. Stopping the use of glue traps sounds like a good thing.

      Commenter
      Jimbob
      Date and time
      January 03, 2013, 12:59PM
    • You can always trust the banks to make the right decision under pressure.
      Who's next in the firing line from the vermin lovers..I bet the users of the good old rat & mouse bait station which is looking cruel & nasty along with the can of fly spray...you wouldn't want to miss and just wing that maggot & disease infested blowfly just before it lands on your BBQ lunch.

      Commenter
      dusty
      Date and time
      January 03, 2013, 2:31PM
  • The procurement division probably realised switching to oldschool mousetraps would save them a penny or two.

    Commenter
    Yanny
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 03, 2013, 12:15PM
    • Good to see!

      Commenter
      Karla
      Date and time
      January 03, 2013, 12:30PM
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