Model codes of practice and standard operating procedures for the humane capture, handling or destruction of feral animals in Australia
Threat abatement project ID 40595
Vertebrate Pest Research Unit
ISBN 0 7347 1623 0
The Department contracted the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit of the New South Wales Department of Primary Industry to develop codes of practice and standard operating procedures for the humane capture, handling or destruction of feral animals in Australia, to meet the need for pest animal control methods that are humane, target specific, cost-effective and safe for humans to use.
Codes of practice for each of the key pest animal species provide general information on best practice management, control strategies, species biology and impact, and the humaneness of current control methods. Standard operating procedures describe management techniques and their application for these pest animal species including a discussion of animal welfare impacts for target and non-target species, as well as covering the health and safety aspects of management techniques.
These documents are intended for anyone engaged in pest animal control, from land managers through to pest animal control officers and researchers. They have been produced after extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia, including government and non-government organisations, animal welfare groups and technical specialists. They allow uniform implementation of techniques and training for proficiency in pest animal control, and address community expectations and regulatory requirements. in addition, these documents reflect common sense and can be applied across the many diverse situations and environments where they are needed. Anyone intending to engage in pest animal control should also ensure they are complying with their state or territory legislation.
Since the original publication of these documents, several have been updated with new research on management techniques and their application. The current versions of these documents are available on the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries website:
Humane pest animal control: Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures
Standard Operating Procedure specific to field euthanasia of cane toads
Under a more recent contract with the Department, the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries has developed a Standard Operating Procedure specific to field euthanasia of cane toads.