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Home > News > Insect Abuse18th January 2006

News - Spider forced to live in glass jar

Spider forced to live in glass jar

A grisly discovery in Oxfordshire has led to a house spider being released from captivity in a glass jar on a coffee table, and homeowner Mr. J Smith being banned from all contact with spiders for 10 years.

While astute readers will note that spiders are not technically insects, in recent years the SPCI has actively pursued an inclusive and non-discriminatory policy towards other invertebrates and Minority Species. Inspectors were shocked by the conditions in which the creature had been kept.

The terrified spider was discovered by a member of the public, who courageously alerted the SPCI to the plight of the poor creature. A team of three SPCI Inspectors was immediately dispatched to the scene. "It was dreadful," said SPCI Inspector Frank Morris, "She was dehydrated and running around like a mad thing. She must have been trapped in there for hours."

"I don't see why it matters," said Mr. Smith when interviewed by SPCI Inspectors, "It's only a f***ing spider for Christ's sake!"

Police were called to the scene and shown photographic evidence of the abuse, but advised the SPCI that no action could be taken in this case as the spider in question had not signed a tenancy agreement with the householder. House spiders are not currently protected by UK law.

When pressed on the issue, PC S Staines replied, "Look, I've had enough of you lot and your bloody jokes. Now sod off the lot of you or I'll charge you with wasting police time."

The SPCI is campaigning for the new Insect Welfare Bill to become law, which would for the first time protect millions of insects and other invertebrates from enduring serious ongoing neglect and cruelty each year, by legally obliging people to care for insects properly.