A welfare assessment of methods used for harvesting, hunting and population control of kangaroos and wallabies

Descovich, K. A., McDonald, I. J., Tribe, A. and Phillips, C. J. C. (2015) A welfare assessment of methods used for harvesting, hunting and population control of kangaroos and wallabies. Animal Welfare, 24 3: 255-265. doi:10.7120/09627286.24.3.255


Author Descovich, K. A.
McDonald, I. J.
Tribe, A.
Phillips, C. J. C.
Title A welfare assessment of methods used for harvesting, hunting and population control of kangaroos and wallabies
Journal name Animal Welfare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-7286
Publication date 2015-08-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.7120/09627286.24.3.255
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 255
End page 265
Total pages 11
Place of publication Wheathampstead, St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom
Publisher Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Language eng
Abstract In Australia, several macropod species are subjected to commercial harvesting, recreational hunting and population management, using both lethal and non-lethal measures. Some techniques for killing macropods can cause prolonged and/or severe suffering, and of particular concern is the welfare of remaining pouch young or young-at-foot, when females with dependent young are killed. Non-lethal methods are more widely supported by the general public and include reproductive control and relocation. These methods, however, also have significant associated welfare challenges. This review outlines the welfare concerns for each current method, and concludes that an accurate head-shot by an experienced shooter is least likely to inflict suffering. However, this assumes best practice shooting, which may not be representative of field conditions. Furthermore, many aspects of macropod control and killing still require significant research. These include, but are not limited to: accurate statistics for pouch young and young-at-foot mortality and morbidity in Australian states; data on field-based compliance with National Codes of Practice; safe and remote administration of reproductive control measures; and the impact of using dogs and trapping in wallaby destruction and hunting.
Keyword Animal welfare
Culling
Lethal control
Macropod
Non-lethal control
Population management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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