Animal Aid has this week sent a new report to local authorities called Alternatives to Culling.
It urges councils to seek humane, cost-effective, long-term solutions to complaints relating to wild species. Focusing on foxes, squirrels, rats, mice, pigeons, gulls and geese, the report details some simple measures that householders can take should unwanted animals take up residence in their homes or gardens.
Lethal pest control not only causes unnecessary suffering, it does not offer a long-term solution because, if the habitat is right, new animals or birds will simply move into the area to replace those individuals killed.
Anyone wishing to know more can download the advice sheets from www.animalaid.org.uk/go/wildlife.
Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AW by email