Can Pest Control Be Vegan?
Lethal pest control is not only cruel but also ineffective. When foxes, rats, squirrels, birds and other unwanted animals are lethally trapped or poisoned, others of the species soon move in to fill the void left by those who were killed. The best way to control unwanted animals is to remove whatever attracted them to the property in the first place – such as food sources or nesting niches.
That’s how Kevin Newell, a vegan, takes on pest-control. He set up a company specialising in humane methods to repel and deter wildlife from entering homes and businesses.
His company, Hawick-based Humane Wildlife Solutions is Scotland’s first 100 per cent humane pest-control company and resolves conflicts between property owners and uninvited animal guests without ever poisoning, relocating, using chemicals on or killing the animals.
That’s why Kevin is receiving a GOODY Award, PETA’s recognition to companies that respect animal welfare.
We think that Kevin and Humane Wildlife Solutions represent the future of pest control, in which meeting the client’s needs and showing animals the respect that they deserve go hand in hand.