Public attitudes to current and proposed forms of pest animal control

This report identifies and reviews Australasian and international research on public attitudes towards current and proposed forms of control for invasive animals. The review is primarily intended as an information resource for those involved in researching and managing the impacts of animal pests in Australia and New Zealand.

Animals covered in the review include: foxes, wild dogs and dingoes, rabbits, horses, pigs, cats, deer, goats, water buffalo, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, stoats and flying foxes. Coyotes, wolves and elk are also briefly discussed.

The research covered in the review shows that attitudes towards pest animal controls vary according to the:

  • characteristics of the person or group – their gender, urban or rural residence, culture and value orientation
  • perceptions of the pest animal and its impacts – its size, predation on livestock or other valued species, physical threat to people, impact on people?s livelihood and aesthetic appeal
  • environment being impacted – its proximity, accessibility, aesthetic and utilitarian
    appeal, public or private ownership
  • features of the control strategy – safety, specificity, effectiveness, humaneness and cost.

The review suggests that discourses around current or proposed pest animal controls should recognise social and physical context. Decisions about pest controls need to be made on a case-by-case basis and be informed by systematic assessments. It is recommended that public and stakeholder involvement in pest control decision making be accompanied by welldesigned, balanced information.

Author Gerard Fitzgerald
Date null
Year 2009
Place published City
Publisher Invasive Animals CRC
Institution Fitzgerald Applied Sociology
Department Detection and Prevention Program
Pages 57 pp
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN Web ISBN: 978-0-9806716-3-6
Region Australia - national

Public Attitudes to current and proposed forms of pest control