Reuters reports that the New York Police Department, which is dealing with an infestation of mice at its lower Manhattan headquarters at 1 Police Plaza, is the recipient of both praise and a â€œcompassion awardâ€ from animal rights organization PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals), thanks to the humane methods the PD employs when battling an outbreak of rodents.
The NYPD has replaced glue traps, which kill mice slowly and in a cruel fashion as they struggle to escape, with fast, efficient devices that snap their necks and kill them instantly. The PD elected to use the new traps after PETA appealed directly to Commissioner Ray Kelly to use something fast if a lethal method is the only choice in solving the problem. Spokesman Paul Browne said, â€œWe found other alternatives that would dispatch them more humanely.â€
What do you think of the NYPDâ€™s decision to take advice from PETA in dealing with rodent infestation?