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Two bats have been found dead, and one injured, after getting stuck on fly-paper inside an attic.

Fly-paper, an adhesive device coated with a sweet fragrance that traps flies and other flying insects when they land on it, is often dubbed as a ‘killing device’.

‘Don’t use fly-paper’

Bat conservation worker, Martyn Cooke, uploaded pictures of the injured bats stuck to fly-paper onto Twitter. He wrote: “Very upsetting. Three gorgeous bats rescued today having been found stuck on fly-paper. One dead, the other two very weak. This stuff should be banned in [the] UK. Please share to spread the word. Don’t use fly-paper.”

Cooke tweeted the next day: “Update on our rescued Bats found yesterday stuck to fly-paper in a house attic. One bat was dead when I arrived. Sadly a second bat died a few hours after being freed from the trap. Thankfully [the] third bat survived the night and is now eating.”

‘It’s completely inhumane’

In response, one person tweeted: “How sad. I struggle to understand why we can buy glue traps in this country. It’s completely inhumane.”

Whilst another said: “They suffer, starve and eventually die from dehydration the poor things. Horrible way to go.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.