SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Poisons

Animals in the Wild

SPCA advocates for the use of methods to kill animals that minimise the negative welfare harms caused to targeted and non-targeted animals.

SPCA opposes the current use of poisons to kill animals because of the level of pain and distress caused to animals.

SPCA acknowledges that it is sometimes necessary to manage populations of animals for a variety of reasons, including protection of biodiversity. In these instances, management activities must only use methods that are target-specific, effective, and minimise negative impacts on animal welfare.

SPCA encourages research and development of innovative methods of killing animals that minimise negative impacts to welfare including non-lethal methods such as genetic technologies that limit reproductive abilities.

(see Pest Controls)

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