SPCA calls for ban on glue traps after cat found trapped

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has reiterated its call for the banning of glue-board traps after a cat was found stuck to one such trap on Feb 17.

It said in a posting on its Facebook page that it had previously appealed to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to ban the traps as they caused suffering to animals stuck on them.

This included other species of animals, other than rats.

SPCA said it has contacted the Town Council and the pest control company involved, to inform them that they will take this matter further.

"We have also written to AVA to request that they ban the use of such traps with immediate effect and that action be taken against the parties responsible in this case," it said.

A photo posted by the association showed a cat caught on a glue-board trap with its mouth gaping wide open.

Its body was covered in a greyish substance and plastered with plastic bags.

A caption read: "This poor community cat was caught on a glue-board trap placed by a pest control company overnight at a HDB bin centre.

"The cat in this photo was dying by the time it was brought to the SPCA. She was in deep distress and panting heavily.

"Our duty veterinarian made the decision to humanely euthanase the cat to prevent further suffering."

SPCA said the cat never stood a chance.

"The board trap was about 4 feet by 5 feet in size and the amount of glue on the board was excessive," it said.