International Mammal Trapping Standards ̶- Part I: Prerequisites

Proulx, Gilbert and Allen, Benjamin L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 and Cattet, Marc and Feldstein, Pauline and Iossa, Graziella and Meek, Paul D. and Serfass, Thomas L. and Soulsbury, Carl D. (2022) International Mammal Trapping Standards ̶- Part I: Prerequisites. In: Mammal Trapping: Wildlife Management, Animal Welfare & International Standards. Alpha Wildlife Publications, Alberta, Canada, pp. 233-258. ISBN 9780980959826

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Abstract

In this paper, we set out the prerequisites for the development of killing and restraining trap systems to capture mammals for research, wildlife management and conservation, fur trapping, animal control, and any other activity involving the trapping of a mammal in a mechanical trapping device. We selected them with the main intent of developing new trapping standards that will improve animal welfare as per our current state of knowledge, and with realistic, achievable objectives based on state-of-the-art trapping technology. The proposed new standards should be applicable to all terrestrial and semi-aquatic mammal species. They should be based on animal testing in semi-natural environments and on traplines, with high trap thresholds of acceptance, low times to irreversible unconsciousness for killing trap systems, an understanding of the impacts of trapping on physical form, behaviour and physiological function, adequate trap checking times and handling of the captured animals, and high capture selectivity. Furthermore, the implementation of improved trapping standards would include the mandatory publication of findings for peer-review and public education. We believe that the prerequisites that we lay out for the development of new mammal trapping standards will address many of the welfare concerns voiced by the scientific community and the public in the last two decades. It will lead to improved animal welfare and spur continuous improvement in the efficacy and innovation in trapping technology.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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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: 13 Jul 2022 00:04
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2022 05:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: mammal trapping standards; international; animal welfare; wildlife and habitat management
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/49632

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