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Lethal injection

Emergency killing by lethal injection is typically carried out by a veterinary surgeon. The animal will be injected intravenously with a lethal dose of anaesthetic drugs following, in some cases, initial injection of a sedative. The animal will rapidly lose consciousness and die.

When an animal is killed by lethal injection there may be restrictions on how the carcase can be disposed of. The carcase cannot be used for human or animal consumption if it has been killed by lethal injection.


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