I saw someone from one of those critter companies trap a raccoon in east Lawrence, then put the trap in a bag and attach the bag to the exhaust pipe of the company’s truck. Is that the right way to euthanize an animal, even a raccoon?
“While the state of Kansas doesn’t prohibit the use of carbon monoxide as a way to kill ‘nuisance’ wildlife, we have an ethical obligation to reduce pain and distress to the greatest extent possible when taking an animal’s life,” said Dori Villalon, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society. “Carbon monoxide works by displacing oxygen in the blood, starving vital organs and causing a slow and painful death. An injection of sodium pentobarbital, prepared specifically for use in animal euthanasia, has been deemed the preferred method of animal euthanasia by the Humane Society of the United States, the American Veterinary Medical Association, The ASPCA, American Humane Association, and the National Animal Control Association.
“Of course, the most humane option, and the best example we can set for our children, is to peacefully co-exist with urban wildlife through humane management methods.”