Most landscapes or habitats - even those that seem fairly natural, such as woodlands and seashores - are now dominated by human activity. These activities can cause suffering or affect wild animals in many different ways, either as a direct result or an unintended consequence - or a bit of both.
- Pest control
For example, poisoning rats could cause suffering to them or result in poisoning to birds of prey feeding on the dead animals.
- Disease control
There are government proposals to kill badgers because they are involved in spreading TB to cattle.
The type of net and how it is used may result in accidental capture of dolphins, porpoises and small whales - see the bycatch indicator in the wildlife section of our most recent edition of The Welfare State: Measuring Animal Welfare in the UK.
Discarded tackle risks entangling swans and other waterfowl - see the fishing litter indicator in the wildlife section of our most recent edition of The Welfare State: Measuring Animal Welfare in the UK.
- Driving vehicles
Many thousands of wild animals, including deer, are killed in collisions - see our fact sheet about Traffic accidents involving deer (PDF 72.1KB).
- Introducing non-native species
This may result in control measures to prevent damage to crops or native species - see the Non-native Species Secretariat for more information.
- Shooting of deer
Might result in wounding or leave dependent young to starve.
- Feeding wild birds
May help them survive but there’s a risk of spreading diseases. Our Feeding Garden Birds page should help you enjoy your local wild birds and keep your local bird population healthy.
Find out more
In this section you can find more detail on different types of animals, laws and welfare issues surrounding them, what we’re doing and ways you can help.
There are number of downloadable 'Living with...' information sheets to help anyone living with nesting birds, foxes, badgers and grey squirrels in their garden, plus information about how you can make your garden hedgehog-friendly.