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Out Here: Treatment of mice an act of cruelty?

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 1:53 p.m. CDT

Recently, I wrote a column about mice in the newsroom. I spoke about how my co-worker, Jim Dunn, came to the rescue of another co-worker who had noticed that a container of mixed nuts had been chewed through. He put a glue board in her drawer. 

The next day, a still-living mouse was stuck to the trap. He threw the mouse and trap into a trash dumpster.

After I wrote the column, an exterminator sent me an email saying he had to chuckle because I “opened a big can of criticism about using glue boards for mice.”

He said people get upset about using them, and “I agree they are cruel, but they are effective for the most part.”

“People want mice gone, but not killed. Go figure ...” the man wrote. “Welcome to our pest professional world.”

Sure enough, another reader sent me an email to object to Jim’s glue traps.

“Why didn’t Jim put the mouse out of its misery first before dumping it into the trash like that?” the reader asked. “Leaving an animal on a glue trap stuck like that is an extremely slow and painful death for it. Typically, they panic so much on these traps that they will rip fur and skin off. They even attempt to gnaw on a limb to escape.”

The reader said people should be responsible and humane enough to give an animal a quick and painless death – “not hours of torture in a garbage bin stuck on super glue.”

Forever young

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is a pretty recognizable guy. If you have been to a state DMV in this century, you’ve seen his smiling photo.

By most accounts, White, who will turn 80 in June, is a vibrant guy, but surely he has aged since he was elected 16 years ago. If so, you wouldn’t know that from his official photo, which goes back to at least 1999.

White must really like that picture. I can empathize. When I took this job in 2011, I wanted a photo from 8 years before to run along with this column. The newspaper rightfully insisted on a new one.

Maybe it’s time for an update. 

David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@saukvalley.com or 800-798-4085, ext. 525. Follow him on Twitter: @DGiuliani_SVM.

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