The Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc. (CIMAG) has the aim of protecting native birds and other wildlife from the threat posed by the Indian Myna (also called the Common Myna), as well as to reduce the loss of public amenity that they cause.
Part of its strategy is a humane reduction program through trapping and euthanising mynas.
Members of CIMAG who participate in this part of the strategy are required to adopt the following animal welfare protocol.
Management of Traps
Dealing with Trapped Birds
The method used for disposing of trapped birds is to be quick, painless, and stress-free.
Acceptable euthanising methods include gassing with carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.
We prefer that cervical dislocation (breaking their necks) is not used, except by qualified professionals and then is to be instantaneous, with minimal handling of the birds. Our preference is that trappers do not adopt this method as it is stressful to the birds in the trap, unpleasant and can allow birds to escape.
Disposal of Dead Birds
Dead birds are to be disposed of in a hygienic and environmentally sound way, as per CIMAG advice.