About humane vertebrate pest control

Humane vertebrate pest control is the development and selection of feasible control programs and techniques that avoid or minimise pain, suffering and distress to target and non-target animals in vertebrate pest control programs.


The sale and use of all traps in Victoria is regulated under Sections 15 and 15AB of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019.

Ministerial approval is required to use of some types of traps and, in some circumstances, the locations where certain traps can be used.

Types of traps

Scientific reviews

Pest animals

External links

Page last updated: 13 Jul 2020