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A simple humane method to euthanize a sea turtle

Marine Turtle Newsletter

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Abstract

Increased interconnectedness, communication, and demands of society require that wildlife professionals make every effort to consider animal welfare when handling animals. The challenge can be daunting, particularly when a wild animal needs to be euthanized. In some cases, biologists are in remote areas under conditions that may be less than ideal to properly and swiftly dispatch an animal, either because of a lack of proper supplies or veterinary training. Societal demands for consideration of animal welfare are not limited to wildlife professionals. Native cultures, fishermen and hunters have traditional methods of capturing or killing wildlife that are now under increasing public scrutiny. A current example is in Australia where aborigines were criticized for the practice of dispatching sea turtles by throwing a cement block at the animals’ heads resulting in negative public reaction (Queensland Times 2010).

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A simple humane method to euthanize a sea turtle
Series title:
Marine Turtle Newsletter
Volume:
136
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Marine Turtle Newsletter
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
2 p.
First page:
5
Last page:
6