Assuring that 1080 toxicosis in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is humane. II. Analgesic drugs produce better welfare outcomes

Fluoroacetic acid (1080) is a widely used vertebrate pesticide in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is used in meat baits as the primary method of control for the introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes). Subsequent to the onset of initial signs, collapse and convulsions are associated with central nervous system disruptions where the animal is unresponsive to external stimuli, making an assessment of humaneness difficult. Prior to collapse and unconsciousness it would appear that there is potential for suffering to occur although its extent and nature during the entire toxicosis remains unclear. We investigated various formulations of 1080 with either analgesic or anxiolytic drugs in order to manage possible suffering experienced during 1080 poisoning of red foxes.

Author Clive A. Marks, Frank Gigliotti and Frank Busana
Date 20/02/2009
Year 2009
Secondary title Wildlife Research
Volume 36
Number 2
Institution Nocturnal Wildlife Research
Pages 98-105
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN DOI: 10.1071/WR05018
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)