RSPCA WA response to fox trap incident at Warwick Open Space
The RSPCA acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals or invasive species for a number of reasons, including for the protection and conservation of native wildlife.
When undertaken, the RSPCA believes management activities must use methods that are humane, target-specific, and effective; to reduce suffering and to mitigate the risk to non-target animals.
All traps have the potential to cause injury and some degree of suffering and distress, therefore they should only be used as a pest management method when no practical alternative exists. Humane and successful trapping requires extensive training and experience, and traps must be used in accordance with relevant state and territory legislation and according to permit conditions.
Pet owners should also be aware that pest management activities are happening within our community and should familiarise themselves with the location of pest management activities and the management methods used, of which there are many.
There are simple steps that pet owners can take to protect their pets from unnecessary harm, such as keeping pets confined to their property and ensuring pets are restrained when in public, unless they are in a council-approved area permitting them to be off-leash.
Click here to read the RSPCA stance on the humaneness of pest control methods used in Australia.
Click here to read the RSPCA guidance on the best practice of fox management in Australia.