Humane killing

During an emergency cull for disease control purposes many activities will need to be conducted on the affected premises. The job requiring the most preparation and planning is the humane killing of animals. Arrangements need to be in place for the killing of animals on affected premises.  The IC and team leader should develop a Killing Plan for the humane destruction of animals on the premises. When planning the kill it is essential the methods chosen are consistent and reliable. All animals must be treated humanely throughout the process. The method of killing requires careful consideration.  Following stunning and/or killing animals should be checked for signs indicative of absence of brainstem reflexes (Figure 4). This may include:

Figure 4: Indicators used to determine the absence of brainstem reflexes.

Next: Killing methods available for species and their suitability for circumstances












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