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AnimalKind FAQ

What is the AnimalKind accreditation program?

What does it mean when a pest control company says they are humane?

Are AnimalKind wildlife and rodent control methods non-lethal?

Does AnimalKind allow use of rodenticides?

Does AnimalKind use glueboards?

What is different about AnimalKind pest control?

Does AnimalKind trap and relocate wildlife?

How will the BC SPCA know that AnimalKind companies are following the standards?

How is AnimalKind funded? Will it support other BC SPCA work?

How were AnimalKind standards for pest control developed?

Why were AnimalKind standards for pest control developed?

 

What is the AnimalKind accreditation program?

We are excited to be developing AnimalKind, the BC SPCA’s new animal welfare accreditation system for companies that provide or use animal-related services. The BC SPCA audits AnimalKind member companies to confirm they are following our animal-friendly standards (PDF) based on scientific evidence. We and our community partners can then confidently refer the public to accredited companies. The first AnimalKind standards are for wildlife and rodent control (aka “pest” control) and use methods that are the least harmful to animals and based on science. Standards for dog training are coming next!

 

What does it mean when a pest control company says they are humane?

Any company can call themselves “humane” – but like many food-labelling claims, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are using animal-friendly methods. AnimalKind companies must follow our science-based standards (PDF) and pass the auditing process before they can become AnimalKind. The standards are online so you can read them and know exactly what to expect from an AnimalKind company. AnimalKind offers the first-ever animal welfare accreditation for pest control companies.

Call a professional when you need help to remove wildlife or rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

Are AnimalKind wildlife and rodent control methods non-lethal?

The BC SPCA supports use of prevention and exclusion methods as the first choice to solve conflicts with wildlife and rats and mice. There are very few reasons to ever use lethal methods on wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, squirrels, beavers or birds and AnimalKind standards (PDF) clearly describe these very specific situations.

However, the BC SPCA supports use of lethal methods when a rodent population is present and causing public health and safety concerns. A quick response when a rodent population is still small will help ensure that the fewest number of mice and rats possible experience harm. Any lethal control should always be followed by a prevention plan to stop the population from growing again.

Sadly, wild rodents living in buildings are a health and safety risk to people and pets. Wild rats and mice are much less healthy than pet rats or mice born and raised under human care. Contact with the urine, feces, saliva, fur or dander of wild rats and mice can transmit diseases to people and pets. It can also make people with asthma or allergies more sick. Rats and mice can also increase the risk of fires when their gnawing damages electrical systems and building structures.

Call a professional when you need help to remove wildlife or rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

Does AnimalKind allow use of rodenticides?

Rodent poisons or “rodenticides” are legal and used widely, but they cause a slow and painful death. Rodenticides are also dangerous for owls, eagles and even cats that eat poisoned rodents. Rodenticides should only be used as a last resort, when there are no other viable options.

The BC SPCA supports prevention and exclusion as the main method to control rats and mice. The BC SPCA understands that use of rodenticides results in suffering for poisoned rats and mice. We also know that the pest control industry is limited to use only the rodenticide products that are legally regulated by Health Canada, which excludes many more harmful products than used in other countries.

The BC SPCA supports use of lethal methods, including certain legal rodenticides when a rodent population is present and causing public health and safety concerns. Rodenticides should never be used continuously to manage rodents without also using prevention and exclusion methods and taking steps to prevent the rodent population from growing again.

Sadly, wild rodents living in buildings are a health and safety risk to people and pets. Wild rats and mice are much less healthy than pet rats or mice born and raised under human care. Contact with the urine, feces, saliva, fur or dander of wild rats and mice can transmit diseases to people. It can also make people with asthma or allergies more sick. Rats and mice can also increase the risk of fires when their gnawing damages electrical systems and building structures.

Call a professional when you need help to remove rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

Does AnimalKind use glueboards?

Members of the public should never use glueboards! Glueboards or glue traps are plastic or metal trays coated with glue designed to catch rodents – not kill them. Unfortunately, these traps are legal in Canada and can be found in stores, but they cause rodents and other animals to suffer tremendously. Birds, small wildlife and even pets can get caught in these sticky traps. Glueboards designed for insects are also very dangerous to wildlife and should be avoided. Read more about glueboards

The BC SPCA does not support the use of glueboards in homes or offices. AnimalKind standards allow glueboards only in commercial food-handling facilities that must follow Canadian health and food-handling regulations (where other methods, such as snaps traps and rodenticides, cannot legally be used or are ineffective). Only professional pest control companies should use glueboards and only in food-handling facilities.

Call a professional when you need help to remove rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

What is different about AnimalKind pest control?

The BC SPCA encourages people to coexist with our wild neighbours, but we know it is not healthy or safe for wildlife and rodents to be living inside our homes or workplaces. To deal with “pest” issues in the most caring way possible, we created AnimalKind.

Companies in the AnimalKind program follow our standards which reflect the kindest, most animal-friendly way possible to resolve wildlife and rodent problems. Glueboards are not used in homes or offices. Wildlife, such as racccons, skunks, squirrels and beavers, are gently excluded from undesirable locations and not trapped and relocated far from their home range.

Call a professional when you need help to remove wildlife or rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

Does AnimalKind trap and relocate wildlife?

When wildlife is trapped and relocated, animals often injure themselves and may die trying to escape a trap. Relocated animals have to set up a new home, and may starve trying to find food or get into fights with other animals over territory.

When you trap animals, you also risk separating a mother from her babies. Even if you move an entire family, a mother may abandon her young due to pressure to find food and care for the babies. If you have to remove an animal, call an AnimalKind wildlife and rodent (“pest”) control company that uses animal-friendly wildlife-proofing and one-way doors instead of trapping/relocating or killing. In the rare situation that an animal is at immediate risk of harm and must be live-trapped, AnimalKind standards (PDF) require the animal be released in its home range.

Call a professional when you need help to remove wildlife or rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

How will the BC SPCA know that AnimalKind companies are following the standards?

Each year the BC SPCA audits AnimalKind companies using our robust, certified auditing process. Auditors will look at equipment, speak to technicians and observe work in progress. Customers and the public are also encouraged to provide feedback on AnimalKind companies through our email animalkind@spca.bc.ca.

Call a professional when you need help to remove wildlife or rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

 

How is AnimalKind funded? Will it support other BC SPCA work?

AnimalKind member companies are funding AnimalKind operating costs with their membership fees – we thank them for their commitment to animal-friendly practices!

Development of AnimalKind was paid for with grants from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the Vancouver Foundation. AnimalKind is a social enterprise and any additional revenue will go towards other BC SPCA initiatives.

 

How were AnimalKind standards for pest control developed?

AnimalKind standards (PDF) are evidence-based using the latest science in wildlife and rodent control. They were developed in consultation and with feedback from academic and “pest” control industry experts. The standards have also undergone expert peer-review and meet or exceed the legal requirements for wildlife and rodent control in BC and Canada.

 

Why were AnimalKind standards for pest control developed?

In a world where so many of us want to live in harmony with our wild neighbours, the BC SPCA saw the need for people to find companies that care like they do. However we know it is not healthy or safe for wildlife and rodents to be living inside our homes or workplaces.

People often call us to ask about humane wildlife control options and to get advice on how they can to solve the problem with as little harm as possible to the animals. The BC SPCA also faces this situation each time we need rodent control in a shelter. Too often, we find ourselves providing care for animals hurt by wildlife control methods (i.e. orphaned baby animals, birds stuck in glue traps).

We created AnimalKind to deal with “pest” issues in the most caring way possible. We want to promote animal-friendly “pest control” that does no harm, or when there are no other viable options, the least harm possible to wildlife and rodents.

Call a professional when you need help to remove wildlife or rodents from your home. Look for the AnimalKind logo and ask your pest control company to become AnimalKind.

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