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The outrage: man convicted for trapping cat on his own property

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A Palmerston North man convicted of?capturing a pet cat in a leg trap said he was trying to?prevent it from hunting birds on his property.

Paul Parsons was convicted?in the Palmerston North District Court on Wednesday?on a charge of using a prohibited trap for the purpose of capturing an animal.

He was fined $500 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs and a $250 contribution to legal costs.

A statement from the SPCA said that when Parson was?interviewed he?admitted setting the trap for the purpose of capturing the cat to prevent it from hunting birds on his property.

SPCA NZ chief executive?Ric?Odom said the actions were?”clearly completely unacceptable and irresponsible”.

“The SPCA wants this conviction to send a clear message to anyone considering setting leg hold traps ? and the message is: don’t do it. It is illegal to set leg hold traps near dwellings and size?one-and-a-half?long-spring leg hold traps are themselves illegal.”

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