It is important that methods to control or manage pest animals are humane and target specific. Several policies have been developed in recent years to address the issue of humane pest animal control.
The Australian Government has developed the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) to ensure the humane treatment of all animals in Australia and the relative humaneness of a range of pest animal control methods has been assessed.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) discuss animal welfare impacts for target and non-target species and describe techniques and their application, as well as covering health and safety aspects. A model Code of Practice (COP) for each of the key pest animal species provides general information on best practice management, control strategies, species biology and impact, and the humaneness of current control methods.
This section provides information on humaneness assessments for different pest control methods, as well as the model Codes of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures. Links to the SOPs and COPs for each species are also available on the relevant species pages.
The SOPs are guiding documents only and can be modified by jurisdictions to suit their particular needs and legislation. The COPs have been endorsed by the national Vertebrate Pest Committee and are in the process of being reviewed and endorsed by higher level Government committees. At the present time, they too remain as guiding or model documents.
Animal welfare More
- Humane Codes - Model Codes of Practice (COPs) and Standard Operating procedures (SOPs) for the humane control of key pest animal species are provided. A model Code of Practice (COP) for each of the key pest animal species provides general information on best practice management, control strategies, species biology and impact, and the humaneness of current control methods. […]
- A model for assessing the relative humaneness of pest animal control methods - Assessments of the relative humaneness of pest animal control methods by species
- Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) - The AAWS covers the humane treatment of all animals in Australia
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The attitude of individuals and groups to pests can influence the support for or objection to managing pests. For example, what might be a pest to one group might be variously regarded as an animal of cultural value, a food resource, a valued native animal, a commercial resource, an endemic and exotic disease hazard or a recreational hunting resource. Animal welfare groups aim to protect all animals from cruelty and improper exploitation, and to encourage considerate treatment of animals. While they accept that pest animals may need to be controlled under some circumstances, in general they oppose control practices that cause animals unnecessary pain or suffering.
- Social drivers behind participation in pest fish-out competitions - It is now widely accepted that it is important to understand the ‘human dimensions’ of wildlife management issues to achieve management goals (Conover 2002; Miller 2009). One of the key areas of interest within human dimensions is participation and uptake of management initiatives by the community. A clearer understanding of the drivers behind community participation […]
- Will the community accept our science? Monitoring the community’s view about managing pest animals in Australia - The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre Community Awareness Survey (CAS) has pioneered a new technique in opinion research called ‘Reading the Public Mind’ (RtPM). For a comparatively low cost, this technique has provided a ‘moving picture’ that charts the changes in public attitudes to invasive animals and their control through time and helps explain the […]
- Public attitudes to current and proposed forms of pest animal control - Review of public attitudes towards current and proposed forms of control for invasive animals
- Assessing the social impact of invasive animals in Australia - Research to identify, understand, and possibly quantify the social impacts of invasive animals
- Public attitudes towards invasive animals and their impacts - Reviews the research on public attitudes towards, and understanding of, invasive animals and their impacts
- Social Drivers of Invasive Animal Control - Ecological and economic issues have traditionally dominated research and management of invasive species. However, in recent times there has been a growing acknowledgement of the social aspects, or ?human dimensions?, of scenarios involving invasive animals. This realisation has been fuelled largely by the publication of ?Counting the Cost? (McLeod 2004), a triple-bottom-line assessment of invasive […]
- Attitudinal survey on vertebrate pest management in Victoria - Wildlife management and conservation practices are frequently controversial; often creating debate within the community
- Australia’s Pest Animals: New Solutions to Old Problems - A past and present overview of Australia's pest animal problems