SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Live Baiting

Animals in Entertainment, Sport, and Work

SPCA advocates that if bait animals are to be used for the purposes of luring animals for fishing or trapping, that they must only be used if they have been humanely killed prior to use as a lure.

It is in violation of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to use live animals for baiting or training. SPCA advocates for this legal protection to extend to animals used as live bait in fishing and trapping. SPCA opposes the use of live animals as bait or a lure for the purpose of fishing, and trapping because of the negative welfare impacts on the bait animal. The practice of threading live animals onto hooks as a lure causes pain and distress to the animal used as bait.

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