Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has criticised the SPCA for its policy of neutering and releasing stray cats, saying any strays that cannot be rehomed should be killed.

“I would like the SPCA to stop … because if you capture a cat, spay it and release it, often what happens is they find a little supermarket for cats, which are the bird sanctuaries.”

Auckland SPCA executive director Bob Kerridge said the SPCA’s policy was to neuter cats and return them to the area they came from. They were then cared for and fed which reduced their need to hunt.

Prime Minister John Key said the Conservation Minister was expressing her personal opinion, not the view of the Government.

5 June 2015