Friday, May 30, 2008

Sexy 'mouse' in bikini confronts Lowe's shareholders this morning

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Just saw this press release from PETA about a planned protest this morning:

SEXY 'MOUSE' IN BIKINI TO CONFRONT LOWE'S SHAREHOLDERS OVER CRUEL GLUE TRAPS

PETA Rep at Annual Meeting Will Grill Company Execs About Their Refusal to Follow Other Major Retailers and Ban Cruel Devices

Charlotte, N.C. — Wearing a gray bikini, "mouse ears," and a "tail" while lying in a giant "glue trap," a PETA member will confront shareholders at home-improvement giant Lowe's annual meeting in Charlotte on Friday. Other PETA members will hold signs that read, "Lowe's Tortures Animals." Inside the meeting, a representative of PETA—which owns 123 shares of Lowe's stock—will read a statement about the company's sale of glue traps, which cause a painful and lingering death for any animal who gets caught in them. Many major retailers—including Walgreen's, CVS, Rite Aid, Albertsons, and Safeway—refuse to sell glue traps.

Date:         Friday, May 30

Time:        9-10 a.m. (the protest starts at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m.)

Place:        Ballantyne Resort, intersection of Ballantyne Commons and John J. Delaney Drive

Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with an extremely sticky adhesive that are designed to ensnare any small animal who touches the surface of the trap. Trapped animals suffer tremendously for days before dying of starvation or dehydration. Patches of skin, fur, and feathers are ripped off animals' bodies as they struggle to escape, and many animals even chew off their own legs in an effort to free themselves. Even though Lowe's officials have been shown graphic evidence of the immense suffering that glue traps cause, Lowe's continues to sell these cruel devices.

In addition to being cruel, glue traps aren't effective. The only effective long-term method of controlling small mammal and bird populations is modifying the area so that it becomes unattractive or inaccessible to these animals.

"When it comes to rodent and bird control devices, glue traps are the cruelest," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "If so many of the nation's leading retailers can ban the sale of glue traps and stop the animal suffering that they cause, so can Lowe's."

PETA's statement is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA's Web site HelpingAnimals.com.

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