SPCA advocates that only methods that minimise negative welfare harms caused to targeted and non-targeted animals be used to kill 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 advocates for 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.