RAB008: Trapping of rabbits using padded-jaw traps

The introduced European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) has a significant impact on agricultural production and the environment. Rabbit control methods include poisoning, warren fumigation, warren and harbourage destruction, biological control with rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) and myxomatosis, shooting, trapping and exclusion fencing.

Trapping is not considered an effective or efficient rabbit control technique, although it is occasionally used in areas with small isolated rabbit populations.

Traditional steel-jaw leg-hold traps are still permitted for catching rabbits in some States and Territories however their use is strongly discouraged as they cause unnecessary pain and suffering and are considered inhumane. Where leg-hold traps are to be used, padded-jaw traps are the more humane alternative.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Sharp, T.
Year 2012
Pages 4
Notes RAB008
Control method Trapping
Region Australia - national
Documents RAB008: Trapping of rabbits using padded-jaw traps [270 kb PDF]
Secondary title Standard Operating Procedure