Humaneness Assessment

The ‘humaneness’ of a pest animal control method refers to the overall welfare impact that the method has on an  individual animal. A relatively more humane method will have less impact than a relatively less humane method.

A model for assessing the relative humaneness of pest animal control methods (Sharp and Saunders, 2008) has been developed under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS). This model has been used to assess the humaneness of a variety of methods used to control pest animal species in Australia.

The humaneness assessments are available here. Click on the species name below to access humaneness matrices for that species, with links to further information.


foxes rabbits wild dogs
feral pigs feral goat feral cat
feral  horses  feral camel  feral donkey
pest birds    


Last updated: December 23, 2014
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