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RSPCA Policy G1 Humane killing

1.1RSPCA Australia advocates for the humane treatment of all animals at every stage of their life, from birth through to death.
1.2RSPCA Australia defines humane killing as when an animal is either killed instantly or rendered insensible until death ensues, without pain, suffering or distress.

Humane killing must employ methods that:

  • ensure that any handling, transport and/or restraint of the animal is carried out in a manner that avoids pain, suffering or distress, including to other animals
  • are reliable
  • use equipment that is in good working order
  • are carried out by a competent operator
  • ensure death is confirmed.
1.4RSPCA Australia is opposed to all inhumane methods of killing.

(adopted 28/03/2018)

See also

Position Paper G3 Welfare of animals at abattoirs

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Updated on December 9, 2020

RSPCA policies reflect the best available evidence to direct and guide RSPCA and others, to promote and achieve good animal welfare outcomes.

Reference to ‘the RSPCA’ or ‘RSPCA’ in this document means RSPCA Australia and each of the RSPCA Australia member Societies.

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