Wild species

It is sometimes necessary to humanely control wild species in order to protect food, other species or prevent the spread of disease.

The following sections provide information and resources on the humane control of wild species:


In 2014, BVA revised position on snaring, accepting that snaring is necessary in certain circumstances for the purposes of pest control. However, the position calls for further research into more humane alternatives and compliance with Codes of Practice, as well as additional steps to minimise the capture of non-target species.


Following the release of a consultation concerning the trial reintroduction of lynx to the England and Scotland, the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) developed BVA's position on rewilding. The position outlines key considerations for rewilding and other types of release of previously native species or subspecies.

Rodent glue traps

In light of concerns about the humaneness of glue traps for both rodents and non-target species, we have developed a policy statement on rodent glue traps (153 KB PDF), which calls for the eventual ban on their sale to the public, as well as a ban on the use of the traps by professionals.

Until a ban is in place we consider that:

  • Glue traps should only be used by suitably trained people and only as a last resort
  • Glue traps should be checked at least hourly
  • Clear written instructions on the use of glue traps and how to humanely dispatch animals caught on the traps should be provided with each trap

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