Are AnimalKind wildlife and rodent control methods non-lethal?
There are very few reasons to ever use lethal methods on wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, squirrels, beavers or birds and AnimalKind standards (PDF) 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. Species-specific snap traps that are in locked and secured boxes are the best option for situations where lethal rodent control is absolutely necessary. Avoid poison use if possible.
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.