Improving Animal Welfare Outcomes for Live-Trapped Terrestrial Mammals in Australia

Allen, Benjamin L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 and Ballard, Guy and Fleming, Peter J. S. and Meek, Paul D. and Smith, Deane (2022) Improving Animal Welfare Outcomes for Live-Trapped Terrestrial Mammals in Australia. In: Mammal Trapping Wildlife Management, Animal Welfare & International Standards. Alpha Wildlife Publications, Alberta, Canada, pp. 97-120. ISBN 9780980959826

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Abstract

Terrestrial mammals have been captured by humans for many purposes for thousands of years. Traps fall into 2 broad categories: killing traps and restraining traps. Traps are used for a range of purposes depending on cultural history and country. Here we describe and apply a hierarchy of control measures derived from common Work Health and Safety protocols as a means of identifying and improving the welfare of trapped animals. It is a systematic and pragmatic approach for welfare risk assessment and decision making which, when applied, should lead to improved animal welfare outcomes for trapped animals. Within each of 4 controls in the hierarchy, we expand on the considerations that should be made by research and pest control trappers, with a focus on practices in Australia. These considerations include decisions on which trap to use, where to set them, how to set them, checking schedules and handling of trapped animals. We also make recommendations about education, training and engagement of trappers to improve and maximise the welfare outcomes of trapped animals.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 23:47
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 23:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrestrial mammals; animal welfare; trapped animals; Australia
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410407 Wildlife and habitat management
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3003 Animal production > 300306 Animal welfare
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180602 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1099 Other animal production and animal primary products > 109902 Animal welfare
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49590

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