Euthanasia of Experimental Animals
Euthanasia means a gentle death and should be regarded as an act of a human method of sacrificing an animal with a minimum of physical and mental suffering. The method of euthanasia should be appropriate for the species and the age of the animals. The method should be painless, avoid excitement, and achieve rapid unconsciousness and death. Additionally, the method should be reliable, reproducible, and irreversible.
KeywordsMicrowave Irradiation Cervical Dislocation Human Method Hydrogen Cyanide Rapid Freezing
References and Further Reading
- Commission of the European Communities (1993) Recommendations for euthanasia of experimental animals. Final reportGoogle Scholar
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- Rowan A (1992) More on decapitation and scientific research. Science and Animal Care 3:3Google Scholar