Remote monitoring of live capture traps for vertebrates

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The use of remote monitoring technology to provide inspection of live-capture traps for vertebrates is an emerging practice in New Zealand. These systems are expected to provide cost efficiencies and there is also scope for improved animal welfare outcomes through earlier attendance to trapped animals, when compared to manual inspection systems.

These guidelines are intended to support developers and users of remote monitoring systems to adopt good practice and ensure animal welfare outcomes are improved (or at least not worse) in comparison to manual inspection.

These guidelines in no way derogate from the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and, more specifically, nothing in these guidelines absolves users of live-capture traps from meeting their obligations under Section 36 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.