2.1 Scope

This Suggested Protocol provides guidelines for the humane treatment of wildlife affected by the clearing of vegetation or other natural or artificial terrestrial wildlife habitats. The first section, deals with the general responsibilities of any person engaged in, or directing an activity that involves destruction or modification of wildlife habitats, including artificial habitats. The second section deals with the specific roles and responsibilities of appropriately certified wildlife control operators.

Many minor activities or development processes relevant to this protocol may not require the use of a wildlife control operator (see Section 1 of the protocol). However, for larger projects or activities in which wildlife is likely to be at risk, the use of appropriately licensed/permitted and adequately insured wildlife control operator(s) is required for compliance with this protocol.

The developer, wildlife control operator, and any other person whom by virtue of their activities or involvement in a development, has a “duty of care” towards animals that may be affected by the development or activity.

It is not the intent of this protocol to provide detailed description of ecological assessment, but rather, operating procedures (SOPs) for wildlife control operators aimed at ensuring consistency and effectiveness of practice; and guidelines to assist developers and others in their legal and ethical obligations to minimize injury, hardship, suffering or death to wild animals, associated directly or indirectly with land-clearing and other development processes.

2.2. Aims

The broad aim of the protocol is to provide guidelines and procedures that will ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the welfare of wild animals affected by landclearing or other forms of wildlife habitat modification or destruction.

The specific aims of this Suggested Protocol are:

• to provide guidelines to prevent or minimize cruelty or harm to wild animals associated with, or resulting from land-clearing and other development processes;
• to provide standard operating procedures for wildlife control operators;
• to define the requirements for licensing/permitting of wildlife control operators working under this code;