DOC recommends the use of traps that have passed the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) testing guidelines.

In New Zealand trap use is regulated by the Animal Welfare Act 1999. An individual or group could be prosecuted for using trapping or killing methods that does not comply with the Act.

Traps do not legally need to meet a standard of killing or welfare performance. However, NAWAC developed a guideline for testing the welfare performance of traps.

DOC recommends the use of traps that pass the NAWAC guideline test to help ensure that trapped animals do not suffer unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. 

The following table shows a list of traps that has passed the NAWAC guidelines testing for each species. You can use this information to help you select your traps.

NAWAC guideline table

Y = tested and is humane for that type of pest

NAWAC guideline test status – updated 21 November 2023
Trap Ship Rat Norway Rat Stoat Ferret Hedgehog Possum Feral Cat
DOC 150   Y Y   Y    
DOC 200 Y Y Y   Y    
DOC 250 Y Y Y Y Y    
BT 200 Y   Y        
BT 250       Y      
PodiTRAP       Y      
Rewild F-Bomb Y Y Y Y Y    
Goodnature A24 Y   Y        
Envirotools D-Rat ‘Lumberjack’1 Y            
Envirotools Supervisor MAX Y            
Victor Professional PCR mod Y Y Y        
Victor Professional Y            
T-Rex/Tomcat2 Y            
Timms             Y
Flipping Timmy           Y  
Sentinel           Y  
Warrior           Y  
Trapinator           Y  
Goodnature A12 (discontinued)           Y  
SA Coni (discontinued)             Y
Twizel kill trap (discontinued)             Y
Belisle Super X 220             Y
SA2 Kat trap           Y Y
NZ AutoTraps “AT220” Y         Y  
Victor No.1 double coil spring unpadded           Y  
No.1 double coil spring unpadded with chain-spring and swivel modifications3           Y  
  1. Testing was undertaken using the standard D-Rat trap (includes shroud/yellow cover) in a wooden box.
  2. Includes the T-Rex trap with the new EVO tunnel.
  3. Details on modifications and pass grade can be found in the testing report 'Assessing the welfare performance of restraining and kill traps' from the NAWAC guidelines (PDF, 312K).

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