Assessing the humaneness of commonly used invasive animal control methods

Lead researcher: Trudy Sharp,

The aim of this project was to examine the humaneness of invasive animal control technique using a nationally endorsed assessment model. This model allows an evaluation of humaneness using a systematic, comprehensive and transparent process that helps to generate consensus among diverse stakeholders. Following on from its recent development and acceptance at a national level, the next logical step was to apply the model to existing control methods and disseminate this information to all those involved in the management of invasive animals. It was proposed that a panel of experts consisting of stakeholders with knowledge and experience in animal welfare and invasive animal management will undertake the assessments for a selection of currently used control methods.

By providing information on the humaneness of control methods the project will also contribute to community skills, knowledge and engagement. The information gained will improve best practice management of invasive animal species by enabling humaneness to be considered alongside efficacy, cost-effectiveness, practicality, target specificity, operator safety etc. when determining the most appropriate method for managing the impact of an invasive animal.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
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Author Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP)
Secondary Author Trudy Sharp and Glen Saunders
Institution NSW Department of Primary Industries
Department Vertebrate Pest Research Unit

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