Glue traps are indiscriminate and cruel - 25 rescued wild animals recorded in just the first four weeks of January 2023

Animal Stories

We have recently observed an alarming increase in the number of glue trap victims admitted to our Wild Animal Rescue Centre. We are sharing our latest statistics here in the hope it will discourage readers from ever considering to use these cruel devices and that they will also share our concerns with family and friends.

Glue traps are inhumane, causing painful injuries and drawn-out deaths in rodents -- their target -- and in wildlife that may also stumble across them. We have for years campaigned for them to be banned in Hong Kong, as they are in countries such as Ireland and New Zealand. More ethical methods of rodent control include sealed storage or removal of food sources, and maintenance of a tidy and hygienic environment, which in turn reduces hiding places for rodents.

List of unfortunate birds removed from glue traps is showed below. Note all species are protected under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance in Hong Kong.


2 * Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
2 * Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
1 * Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis)
1 * Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)


2 * Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
1 * Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
1 * Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)


4 * Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
2 * Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
1 * Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
1 * Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)


3 * Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
1 * Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)
1 * Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)
1 * Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
1 * Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)


What is a glue trap? What to do if you discover a #glue-trapped animal? Please find out at the link below:

Please do not attempt to handle animals by yourself, and do not cut feathers from birds or try to remove the bird.

To Be Continued...


A Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) and a Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) both found stuck to a glue trap in Tuen Mun.
Photo credit: KFBG/ Connie Lam

An Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis) was discovered caught in a glue trap. Photo credit: KFBG/ Bibi Wan

A Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is another glue trap victim. Please do not cut feathers from birds or try to remove the bird yourself.

Here is more information on what you can do to help a trapped bird:
Photo credit: KFBG/ Cori Law