Environmental Attitudes to Pest Control

Rat taking fantail chick from nest

The control of pest animals is as much about the attitudes of people to pests, and how those pests are controlled, as it is about the ecology of their impacts. Whereas some people may want to introduce game animals to establish hunting, at the very same time other people may want to eradicate them to protect forests, such as the case in Hawaii. Many introduced species exist with such a duality, in New Zealand ever since the first Acclimatisation Societies began introducing animals in the 1860s. The results of a national survey I compiled have just been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2012 I randomly surveyed by mail the attitudes of nearly one thousand New Zealanders to introduced animals and their control, and by using the exact same questions as previously surveyed in 1994, I was also able to compare how attitudes had changed over nearly twenty years. The results of such a survey have major implications for programmes such as PFNZ and ZIP which are looking to scale-up the control of pest species across New Zealand.

Rat taking fantail chick from nest (Photo: David Mudge DOC)

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