You read it here first, now the SPCA are outraged

The other day I blogged about a guy who had found a good use for a cat. He was selling its skin on Trade Me.

Now, predictably, someone, the SPCA is outraged by it.

The SPCA says it’s disgusted by a man’s decision to kill a cat, skin it and list it on Trade Me.

The seller says he shot the cat humanely after he saw it killing chickens on his property, but the SPCA says the man could face prosecution.

Bird breeder Gavin Wilkinson says the cat was responsible for killing 10 of his birds, so he trapped it and shot it in the head.

“This one was taking my baby chickens, probably about two a day, day after day,” he says. “I watched it and made sure it was a feral cat, and I put the cage out there and caught him.” 

Mr Wilkinson says he skinned the cat because he wanted to use it to show people what he’d caught killing his free-range chickens. But recently he decided to sell it on Trade Me instead.

But as well as buyers, it attracted the attention of the SPCA.

“I find it quite disgusting and certainly of great concern that animals are treated this way,” says Bob Kerridge of the SPCA.

Mr Kerridge says it can be extremely hard to tell if a cat is feral or just a stray, and if the cat wasn’t wild, and was killed inhumanely, Mr Wilkinson could be charged under the Animal Wefare Act and be fined up to $10,000.

“A stray cat, because it’s frightened, may hiss,” says Mr Kerridge. “It may give the impression of being wild, mainly because it’s frightened in its environment. It probably was a domestic cat one day.”

Oh piss off Bob, it killed chickens, it is a bloody bird murdering killer. It might have been a domestic cat one day, but now it is a rug, it would still be alive if it hadn’t trespassed and murdered chickens.


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  • dyannt

    Be very afraid meat eaters. It won’t be that many years before killing any animal will be outlawed. And a deer skin mat will be as taboo as a leopard skin is today.

    • Travis Poulson

      extremely unlikely

      • dyannt

        Oh dear, I forgot to put a smiley wink at the end of my post.

        • Travis Poulson

          I’m a keen hunter, don’t even joke about it :)

          • dyannt

            I’m sorry, Travis, if I’ve ‘offended’ you. ;-)
            Seriously though, this world has become so PC that it’s getting to the stage where there is no road that some minority doesn’t want to take us down. What happened to democracy where the majority rules?

          • Travis Poulson

            Left, Centre Left and perhaps even centre right governments will do that to society.

  • Tigger NZ

    Bob Kerridge’s argument is completely fallacious. He’s saying if it was a domestic cat, and if it was killed inhumanely, that would be a bad thing. Where’s the proof of either? in fact what’s the likelihood of either? (low). By the same argument you could criticize anyone spending money, because it could be blood money. Dickhead.

    • kehua

      Bob is just a sick old man that loves pussies,at times I actually feel sorry for him, and then I take another breath

  • Orange

    I think if the cat wants to be treated humanely then it needs to treat the chickens humanely.

  • williamabong

    Cat – the other white meat.

  • Lapuamagnum

    I’ve shot heaps of those killers, all died instantly either by 12 gauge or 223, even bowled one using my thermal scope:-):-)