ISSUE DATE: 07/26/2010
By Kylene Scott
Life is messy. It’s even messier if you own livestock. One task livestock owners often dread is having to make the decision to euthanize an animal.
As a responsible animal owner or one who cares for livestock, it is important to have the proper equipment on hand and to know how to humanely euthanize an animal when it is deemed necessary.
The term euthanasia is derived from the Greek terms “en” and “thanatos.” Together they mean “good death.” An American Veterinary Medical Association paper on the subject of euthanasia states, “If an animal’s life is to be taken, it is done with the highest degree of respect and distress-free as possible.”
Scientists accept and have documented animals experience pain, distress, breathlessness, thirst, hunger, nausea, sickness, anxiety and fear. J.K. Shearer, professor and dairy Extension veterinarian, explains further.
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