Last updated : 01/04/2007
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Euthanasia of reptiles
The reason why we include this article is that in a discussion with a representative of an indigenous wild life protection organization, I was told that they euthanasia reptiles by placing them in the deep freeze.
My immediate reaction was one of disbelieve! How fast or slow should the freezing process be?. While this is happening the snake must realize it is in trouble and not just assume "oh Its cold .. time to go to sleep."
I therefore decided to do more research on the subject.
I very soon discovered that this is not the way to do it. Some facts that came to light in my research regarding Euthanasia in general are:
Our references on this subject are:
Melissa Kaplan's on Euthanasia of reptiles - Link to this article
University of California
Guidelines for Euthanasia - Link to this article
and Stanford University - Link to their article
Animal Resource Program Euthanasia - Link to their article
Florida Atlantic University
Veterinary Services Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Euthanasia Training - Link to this article
Summary of Some Unacceptable Agents and Methods of Euthanasia - Link to this article
Media Statement issued on Tuesday 24 August 2004
"Senseless" python in freezer case : Culprits criminally charged - Link to this article
Last update : 01/04/2007