Code of practice for the use of small steel-jawed traps

Small steel-jawed leghold traps are used to catch rabbits (both commercially and privately), for meat and skins and, to a limited extent, to control residual rabbits as part of wider control programs. This code is designed to provide information and instruction on the use and operation of small steel- jawed traps for the capture of rabbits. It includes advice on the most effective way of catching rabbits, while reducing the capture of non-target species, and minimising the suffering of trapped animals.

Increasing the effectiveness of trapping means capturing the maximum number of pest animals in the minimum time, using the minimum number of traps necessary to undertake the task properly and, consequently, reducing the exposure of non-target animals to traps.

*NOTE: The Department of Primary Industries, Victoria advises that The Code of Practice for the Use of Small Steel-jawed Traps has been replaced by regulations related to small leghold trapping in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 (see link below).

Author Bureau of Animal Welfare
Year 2001
Publisher Department of Primary Industries, VIC
Pages 3
ISBN/ISSN 1329-8062
Control method Trapping
Region VIC
Links The Department of Primary Industries, Victoria advises that The Code of Practice for the Use of Small Steel-jawed Traps has been replaced by regulations related to small leghold trapping in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 https://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_reg/poctar2008469/