Specific information related to the welfare of animals.
This guideline describes the use of leghold traps for capturing possums, ferrets and feral cats.
Introduced predators don’t belong here – but it is important to remove them in a humane way that avoids or minimises pain, suffering and distress – both to target and non-target animals.
All the traps we recommend have passed the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) guidelines which means they kill humanely and are easy to use and maintain.
The following information relates to the welfare performance of traps used in New Zealand for capturing and/or killing small to medium-sized mammals. The tests relate to the welfare performance of the traps, NOT to their capture efficiency, safety, costs, or target specificity.
To enable the welfare performance of traps to be assessed in a standardised way, the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) has developed a trap-testing guideline.
MPI's best practice review for vertebrate control ensuring that the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act are met.
Critical to OSPRI’s work towards eradicating bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand is the need to reduce possum numbers and keep them low over an extended period of time. A range of control methods are used to accomplish this including traps (kill-traps and live-traps) and toxic baits.