The following table shows a list of traps that has passed the NAWAC guidelines testing for each species. You can use this information to help you select your traps.
Key for the NAWAC guideline table
- Blank: trap not submitted for testing yet
- Y: tested and is humane for that type of pest
NAWAC guideline table
|Trap||Ship Rat||Norway Rat||Stoat||Ferret||Hedgehog||Possum||Feral Cat|
|Rewild Kill Trap||Y|
|Envirotools D-Rat ‘Lumberjack’1||Y|
|Envirotools Supervisor MAX||Y|
|Victor Professional PCR mod||Y||Y||Y|
|Goodnature A12 (discontinued)||Y|
|SA Coni (discontinued)||Y|
|Twizel kill trap (discontinued)||Y|
|Belisle Super X 220||Y|
|SA2 Kat trap||Y||Y|
|NZ AutoTraps “AT220”||Y||Y|
|Victor No.1 double coil spring unpadded||Y|
|No.1 double coil spring unpadded with chain-spring and swivel modifications3||Y|
- Testing was undertaken using the standard D-Rat trap (includes shroud/yellow cover) in a wooden box.
- Includes the T-Rex trap with the new EVO tunnel.
- Details on modifications and pass grade can be found in the testing report 'Assessing the welfare performance of restraining and kill traps' from the NAWAC guidelines (PDF, 312K).
The tests relate to the welfare performance of the traps, not to their capture efficiency, safety, costs, or target specificity.
To test humaneness, NAWAC sets thresholds for injuries for live traps, and time limits for an animal to become 'irreversibly unconscious' in kill traps. You can learn more about how NAWAC performs its humaneness assessments in their welfare guidelines for traps.
Your responsibilities when trapping
- Traps that are set for the purpose of catching alive the animal (like cage or leghold trap) must be inspected within 12 hrs of sunrise. This checking requirement does not apply to kill traps.
- Live trapped animals must be attended to or killed without delay.
- Certain sizes of leghold trap and glueboard traps for rodents have been prohibited by Order of Council under the Animal Welfare Act.
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