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Principles

If there is no other practical and humane possibility to alleviate pain or suffering of animals which are injured or diseased, then emergency killing becomes the only option.

Once the decision has been made to undertake emergency killing of an animal, it is important that the animal is killed as soon as possible to avoid any further suffering.

Proper advance planning for emergencies is essential to protect animal welfare. Decide on standard operating procedures in advance so that, when necessary, emergency killing can be performed quickly and efficiently, minimising suffering.

This guide will help you decide:

  • Who should perform the emergency killing
  • Where the animal should be killed
  • How best to handle the animal
  • What method should be used to kill the animal

Although not covered in depth in this guide, it is also important to consider carcase disposal and human safety

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