GEN001: Methods of euthanasia

The word euthanasia means an easy death and should be regarded as an act of humane killing with the minimum of pain, fear and distress.

Euthanasia of a range of animal species is often necessary during pest animal control programs and occasionally in research involving the capture or restraint of pest animals. Therefore, all researchers and personnel involved with pest animal control must be familiar with the approved euthanasia methods for the range of species encountered (both target and non-target) and have appropriate equipment or possibly drugs on hand so that euthanasia can be performed effectively and quickly.

Many recommended methods of euthanasia for captive animals are not feasible under field conditions; however the challenges presented by field conditions should not lessen the ethical obligation of the operator to reduce pain and distress to the greatest extent possible during euthanasia.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Sharp, T.
Year 2016
Pages 16
Notes GEN001
Region Australia - national
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