Auckland Bars Shut Down Catcha Cray Machines

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Catcha Cray

We’ve already got crustacean cheer up in here—now it’s time to send it to the Kiwis. The Auckland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and SAFE have shut down Catcha Cray game machines in three pubs in New Zealand’s largest city! The organizations also plan to take legal action to get the machines banned in all the bars in Auckland and its surrounding area.

Like Lobster Zone machines in American bars and restaurants, the Catcha Cray allows patrons use a metal claw to try to catch crayfish in a crowded tank. “These machines may ‘catch’ them 30 times before they’re finally dragged out of the machine—that’s causing them considerable stress,” says Mandy Carter, a campaign officer for SAFE. She adds, “Public support has been overwhelming, and we have been extremely heartened by the comments of support and encouragement being sent by many New Zealanders.” Americans, too, are collectively outraged to learn about this abuse disguised as a “game,” and thanks to the outcry, Lobster Zone games have been pulled from establishments across the U.S.

Help us continue to stop the cruelty by urging another lobster-tormenting Illinois bar to abandon the violent machines.

Written by Logan Scherer

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