i think glue traps might be inhumane
traps for mice i mean
we saw a mouse in the house, so off i went to the store for traps
i didn’t make an informed buying decision
“get the glue ones,” she said
i set them out, i asked how to release the mice
vegetable oil can free the adhesive
two days later, one of the traps went missing
i tracked it down
the mouse had managed to run under the closet door from clear across the living room
it was dead
its body was twisted, its fur matted
it looked withered
i figured the glue must be highly toxic
this morning, another trap went missing
i found it in the middle of the kitchen floor
the mouse was panting and looking up at me
i walked out of the room to study up
see what my options were
live-capture in the best cases still requires you to kill the mouse
because they have a strong homing instinct and will return if you don’t take them far enough away
i scooped the trap into a dustpan
walked out to the driveway
and bludgeoned its skull apart with one swift blow from my wrench
then, in the trash it went
in a way, he was lucky
he hadn’t gnawed his feet off like some do when caught in glue
or worse, hadn’t had his feet gnawed off by his fellows
i will run out the rest of the glue traps, because i did pay for them and all
but i think i will go to snap traps next
Honeybees Trained to Find Land Mines
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.
Now, unlikely heroes may be coming to the rescue to prevent similar tragedies: sugar-craving honeybees. Croatian researchers are training them to find unexploded mines littering their country and the rest of the Balkans.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/05/honeybees-trained-find-land-mines
United Nations: Hundreds of thousands displaced in Syrian conflict
- 30,000 people have fled Syria over the months-long unrest which has led to the deaths of thousands
- 200,000 people have fled their homes but remain in Syria, according to United Nations estimates source
» An ongoing exodus? “On a daily basis hundreds of people are still crossing into neighbouring countries,” according to the UN’s refugee coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, who says the estimates could actually be much higher than estimated. In related news, Human Rights Watch has called on Syria to stop laying landmines, calling them ”militarily ineffective” devices that will be dangerous for decades to come.
Somaliland: Mine Action & Armed Violence Reduction
This Case-Study reviews the work in Somaliland of the Danish Demining Group (DDG), which first started mine clearance operations in 1999 to reduce the impact of Mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) on affected communities.
DDG’s Community Safety Programme in Somaliland is one of the first programmes implemented by a mine/ERW operator which is dramatically different from a standard mine clearance programme. It is based on a community-driven, participatory methodology to promote community safety, which has evolved and adapted to local needs over time. It is a positive example of evidence-based programming: DDG designed the programme in response to the findings of several assessments and surveys conducted on community safety in Somaliland.
As with pilots and new programmes, there are areas that can be strengthened and the DDG team has proven receptive to suggestions that enhance the impact of their programme. Apart from expanding the programme to include district level activities, plans in 2012 include conducting a survey to assess the impact of the programme on livelihoods in target communities. Given the extent to which land and access to natural resources is a key driver of conflict in Somaliland, support will also be provided to ensure that the CSP is mainstreaming land rights and conflict sensitivity. In addition, DDG will conduct impact assessments on the more traditional spot EOD activities. This activity focuses on clearing privately owned domestically held stockpiles of ERW.
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