Your Mouse advice: The use of snap traps is cruel and unnecessary. Mice are...

Asked January 3, 2014, 11:03 AM EST

Your Mouse advice: The use of snap traps is cruel and unnecessary. Mice are easily trapped with live traps such as the Havehart brand. Then they can be taken far away, preferably to a wooded area where they can make new homes in the wild.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

4 Responses

Each county has different laws with regard to the transport of wildlife of any type due to disease considerations. Check your county before transporting rodents or any animal. In most counties it is illegal to transport animals. Some people might consider drowning a trapped mouse more humane than catching it in a snap trap. Because rodents carry so many diseases, it is important to be very careful when dealing with them. vw

You have avoided the question altogether. It is important to respect all life and to do whatever can be done to protect living things. Laws are generally well-intentioned, but often don't fit the situations that arise. Use of a Havahart trap and gentle, thoughtful removal of the mice to new homes is the moral (not to mention practical) way to go.

It is not practical or humane or moral if the transport of animals spreads rabies, Hanta virus, or other disease. vw

Those are big "ifs." When there is no evidence of disease, the simple moral choice is to respect life. (Note that probably the most dangerous animal vectors are human beings!)

Thank you for responding quickly. I will now rest my case.

John L.