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Is hunting using shooting a humane way to kill pest animals?
Animal welfare experts agree that shooting can be a humane method of killing animals when the following requirements are met:
However ‘hunting’ does not always satisfy these requirements. Therefore although shooting using best practice is considered humane, the variable nature of ‘hunting’ means that some degree of animal suffering is likely. The main concern with hunting is that there is no mandatory requirement for hunters to undergo a shooting competency assessment which means there are likely to be many hunters who lack the necessary skills to kill animals humanely.
The RSPCA opposes recreational hunting, or the act of stalking or pursuing an animal and then killing it for sport, due to the inherent and inevitable pain and suffering caused.
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