Within the open letter to Andrew McKinlay, coverage advisor on the Scottish Animal Welfare Fee secretariat, Ian Andrew, BPCA’s chief govt, stated: “Let me start by acknowledging that glue traps do have the potential to affect animal welfare considerably. This explicit management methodology within the improper fingers might be very nasty, and we actually perceive why many would see their use as distasteful.
“As with all pest administration, we’ve to steadiness public well being with animal welfare considerations. No pest skilled desires to trigger struggling. Our coaching teaches us that our first thought must be to limit the opportunity of ingress. Briefly, prevention is at all times higher than treatment. Given a alternative, all professionals would relatively be a part of stopping an infestation earlier than it happens, relatively than to kill an animal – even a rat or mouse.”
On the problem of traps, Mr Andrew stated that when used accurately, traps are “a incredible device”.
He stated: “When utilized by professionals (in tunnels or secured bins), they pose little danger to non-target species. Skilled rodent traps kill shortly when correctly set, that means there may be little alternative for struggling.
“Nevertheless, a lure just isn’t appropriate in all conditions. Rats and mice are naturally scared of recent issues by nature (neophobia). It may take a very long time for rodents to develop into used to a lure in any given setting. Whereas in lots of conditions this isn’t a difficulty, on the subject of hospital wards, working theatres or faculty kitchens or the place susceptible individuals will undoubtedly be current, it may be very harmful as we regularly can’t wait a variety of days for the traps to work.”
In abstract, Mr Andrew stated: “Our key ideas are outlined on this doc:
- Glue boards must be used as a final resort when all different instruments we’ve at our disposal have proved to be ineffective or inappropriate;
- Glue boards ought to solely be utilized by skilled and competent professionals; and
- Glue boards must be checked at the least each 12 hours, and their continued use must be assessed each 24 hours.”
Printed: 07 September 2020