Resources

Welfare

Specific information related to the welfare of animals.


A4.1 Leghold Traps, A guideline for Capturing Possums, Ferrets and Feral Cats using Leghold Traps (pdf 7.1 MB)

This guideline describes the use of leghold traps for capturing possums, ferrets and feral cats.


Trapping best practice from Predator Free NZ

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.


Welfare performance of animal traps

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.


Companion Cats Code of Welfare summary

Establishing the fundamental obligations relating to the care of companion cats


Code of Welfare for Dogs summary

Establishing the fundamental obligations relating to the care of dogs


Traps & devices: Guidelines and resources

New Zealand restricts the sale and use of traps under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Find out about traps and the regulations.


National Cat Management Strategy

National Cat Management Strategy Discussion Paper


Trap testing guidelines: National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) (pdf 388 KB)

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.


Remote Monitoring of Live Capture Traps for Vertebrates (pdf 486 KB)

Best practice guidelines to be used when remotely monitoring traps.


Humane and Effective Vertebrate Pest Control: A Review of Best Practice Management (pdf 466 KB)

MPI's best practice review for vertebrate control ensuring that the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act are met.


Possum control and animal welfare (pdf 338 KB)

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.