Unacceptable Methods of Euthanasia

The following is a partial list of methods considered as “unacceptable” for euthanasia of livestock:

  • Manually applied blunt trauma to the head such as a large hammer
  • Injection of any chemical substance not labeled for use as a euthanasia agent
  • Injection of air into a vein
  • Electrocution as with a 120 or 220 volt electrical cord

Laws regarding acceptable methods of euthanasia vary from state to state.  Persons are advised to contact local and/or state legal authorities for further information.  A person convicted of violating these laws may be charged with a felony in some states.