SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Scottsdale-based Taser International will soon begin selling a version of its popular weapon for use on animals.
Designers optimized the X3W wildlife Taser to overcome the resistance of thick hides and pelts often found on animals.
"The goal is to not have a dead animal," said Andrew Hinz with Taser International. "As we protect human life we're trying to protect animal life."
The X3W uses the same Taser probes commonly found in most Tasers currently in use by law enforcement.
The company plans to market the weapon primarily to zoo and wildlife managers for use in controlling aggressive animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) calls the X3W inhumane and released the following statement to ABC15:
Tasers cause uncontrollable muscle contractions and overwhelming pain. Humans and animals on the receiving end have died as a result of the shock. For these reasons, the National Animal Control Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association both recommend against their use. Aggressive methods should be explored only if one’s life is truly in danger.
In extreme nuisance wildlife cases, large wild animals (without young) can be live-trapped and relocated. The safest and most humane way to deal with unwanted wild animals is to leave them alone. With a little time, they will move on. Loud noises (such as horns and whistles) will expedite this process, and pepper spray can be used to protect oneself during closer encounters. Boards or sturdy fencing can be used to safely keep smaller animals away. Residents should keep food and trash contained, close windows when cooking, apply pepper-based repellents to the landscape to deter unwanted animals, and install fencing. Enclosures should be erected around restaurant Dumpsters and feeding wildlife should be outlawed. With a little thought, conflicts with wildlife can be resolved without resorting to high voltage.
Taser does not have plans at the present time to make the X3W available to the general public.
The X3W will be available in mid-March for a retail price of $1999.
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