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Double standards in spring trap welfare: ending inequality for rats (Rodentia: Muridae), mice (Rodentia: Muridae) and moles (Insectivora: Talpidae) in the United Kingdom

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Spring traps require welfare approval in the UK, but break-back traps, for rats and mice, and mole traps are exempt. Mechanical tests on a wide range of these unregulated traps showed that impact momentum varied 6-8-fold, and clamping force varied 4-5.5-fold, among traps for use with each of rats, mice and moles. There was considerable overlap between the strongest mouse traps and weakest rat traps for each force. A post-mortem and x-ray study of 50 spring-trapped moles revealed that none sus...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Lady Margaret Hall
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Humane Society International/UK
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Ellwood, S
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Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Publisher:
International Conference on Urban Pests
Host title:
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Urban Pests. 9th. Birmingham. 9-12 July 2017
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Publication date:
2017-07-01
Acceptance date:
2017-02-07
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pubs:680795
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uuid:d4de2e53-280a-4fae-95a5-ba4e9e2485c3
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pubs:680795
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680795
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2017-02-20

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