SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Live Decoy Bird Traps

SPCA advocates that only trapping methods that minimise the negative welfare harms caused to targeted and non-targeted animals.

SPCA opposes the use of live decoys traps (such as Larsen traps, peegee traps) to trap and reduce the population of other birds because of the potential injury and distress caused to the confined animal.

Larsen traps take advantage of the species’ territorial or inquisitive behaviour and are usually set during spring or early summer (the breeding season) when the instinct to carry out these behaviours is strongest. The bird used as the live decoy is usually a captured wild animal who experiences distress during confinement in the trap, including exposure to predators. Additionally, the capture of adult birds in the breeding and nesting season can cause distress and death of hatchlings and fledglings.

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