Humane Deterrents and Snake Control
While the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) acknowledges that under certain circumstances, pest control and/or extermination may be required, the NSPCA only supports the use of humane methods. The NSPCA does not support methods of pest management that cause suffering, pain, or distress to any animal.
- Regardless of the problems pest animals cause, they require the same level of consideration for their welfare as animals in other contexts.
- The NSPCA recommends adopting solutions to control pest issues before they begin/escalate as well as subsequent to humane control measures being implemented.
- The NSPCA encourages a review of control or deterrent measures be taken prior to coming to the conclusion that extermination is required.
- Conventional methods of extermination often involve the use of poisonous chemicals, which have effects on other non-target species, including humans. Other animals, children or adults can be harmed by an animal which has been poisoned or by the chemicals or baits used.
The position of the NSPCA:
The NSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any trap or trapping device or substance or form of animal control which causes or may cause suffering.
The NSPCA is opposed to the use of poisons and has specific concerns about the widespread agricultural and commercial use of chemical substances which are potentially harmful to animals.
Updated: 8 September 2015