How to Kill a Mouse | Letters | Chicago Reader

News & Politics » Letters

How to Kill a Mouse


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


To the editors:

I enjoyed the excerpt from Don Gold's book, Zoo [September 16]. I was appalled, however, at Art Maraldi's handling of the mice that he feeds to snakes. Lab strains of mice are quite docile if handled calmly and firmly. Killing the mice by throwing them on the floor so they die of fractured skulls, internal injuries, etc. is inexcusably inhumane. I have handled hundreds of mice and I recommend that he not use tongs--they are cumbersome and unnecessary. If he simply grasps each mouse by the tail, allows it to hold onto a rough surface (a screen cage top, for example), and dislocates its neck quickly, it will die without awareness or pain. The process is fast and efficient as well as humane.

Rosamond Potter


Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment