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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#61  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:04 pm


Dwc77 wrote:I realize that very sick bunnies is heartbreaking for people especially if they are a pet. And I'm not being heartless but I hate for animals to suffer. I feel better knowing I ended there suffering. Maybe dad's grandpa's or friends can help out if it is to hard for someone to do themselves. It is just the sad truth about having animals. Sorry if this seems mean -/-(


Dwc77, this does not sound mean to me at all. Sometimes euthanizing an animal, no matter how much you love it, is the only kindness left to give.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#62  Unread postby Easy Ears » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:09 pm


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Dwc77 wrote:I realize that very sick bunnies is heartbreaking for people especially if they are a pet. And I'm not being heartless but I hate for animals to suffer. I feel better knowing I ended there suffering. Maybe dad's grandpa's or friends can help out if it is to hard for someone to do themselves. It is just the sad truth about having animals. Sorry if this seems mean -/-(


Dwc77, this does not sound mean to me at all. Sometimes euthanizing an animal, no matter how much you love it, is the only kindness left to give.


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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#63  Unread postby dburton » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:09 pm


I had never dispatched a rabbit before until now. I just used the broomstick method for a very sick rabbit of mine. :cry: I think the first pull wasn't very effective but second one I could feel the neck separate. I doubled checked her neck once done and could feel the separation. Thankfully she didn't struggle nor kick. I think will be getting a wringer for future use.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#64  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:42 pm


A wringer is worth the money if you are dispatching rabbits regularly, but as an emergency method for a sick or injured rabbit, the broomstick works well for most people.

I'm glad you had the resolution to follow through on this, dburton. :goodjob: It's never easy, even for people who raise rabbits for meat, and the first time it can be intimidating.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#65  Unread postby mferg265 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:56 pm


If have been using cervical dislocation (rabbit wringer self made) to dispatch our meat rabbits for several years now,. I find that bruising along the back and legs is inevitable. the wringer method is difficult for my wife, she is small, to administer to the adult large rabbits when needed. I have created a prototype of a new cervical dislocation device that eliminates both of these problems. Follow the link to a video of how it works (graphic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ULaJwtigcI
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#66  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:13 pm


mferg265 wrote: I have created a prototype of a new cervical dislocation device that eliminates both of these problems. Follow the link to a video of how it works (graphic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ULaJwtigcI


I watched the video, mferg265, and it really looks like an excellent device for dispatching rabbits. You should look at patenting/producing them, much as the RabbitWringer people have. Not everyone could build one, but it really would be helpful to many people if it could be purchased.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#67  Unread postby alforddm » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:23 pm


I watched the video and I'm very impressed. I agree that you should consider patenting it.

Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#68  Unread postby HRHDi » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:23 am


Thanks for all of this info. This is one topic that had me a little more hesitant about starting with meat rabbits vs. fiber rabbits. My husband has told me that he'd do the deed, but I want to be able to do it should the need arise - as it has with a couple of my hens.

I'm leaning toward the "rabbit wringer" option or broomstick.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#69  Unread postby Kariotic » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:17 am


All ways, guns, pellets, etc show severe pain spikes in brain scans just before death except one, and it's not the one you'd think.Slitting the throat and letting it bleed out. What occurs with this, is no pain spike, and the rabbits don't even seem to be aware that they were cut.they just stand there for a few seconds looking around as if fighting sleep.Then they run around and jump a few times before lying down and sleeping.No screams, no pain coloring in brain scan.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#70  Unread postby AnnClaire » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:05 am


Kariotic wrote:All ways, guns, pellets, etc show severe pain spikes in brain scans just before death except one, and it's not the one you'd think.Slitting the throat and letting it bleed out. What occurs with this, is no pain spike, and the rabbits don't even seem to be aware that they were cut.they just stand there for a few seconds looking around as if fighting sleep.Then they run around and jump a few times before lying down and sleeping.No screams, no pain coloring in brain scan.


Citation, please?
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#71  Unread postby 2CrazyFools » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:02 pm


I'd also like to read the citation when you supply it Kariotic, I had heard that slitting the throats was one of the LEAST humane meathods of dispatch causing more pain than cervical dislocation. However, after you posted yesterday I did some light googling and ended up coming to the conclusion that I really don't know what I thought I did about neck slitting and that you may be right, however I'm not convinced enough at this point to change my current meathod of dispatch. Hence, I am very interested to read the citation you provide when able. :)
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#72  Unread postby akane » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:20 am


I would imagine such a clean cut as to not concern the animal immediately would take an amazingly sharp knife and good aim. The potential for mistake seems high to me. Personally I've never even handled a knife that sharp. I usually have to slice multiple times or apply tension in some way to get enough force to cut through the fat tissue and hit the artery. The animal would be quite distressed. I only use it as a backup to other methods such as cervical dislocation on guinea pigs which can have complications more often due to their pretty much nonexistent necks or when I was using an electric rat trap on smaller rodents for cats since sometimes it only stunned them to unconscious. Mainly that was a problem with hamsters rather than gerbils and mice and I never found a good way to put down the durable hamster except to leave them in a co2 chamber forever. They stun easy and play possum but will recover in a few minutes. Sometimes it's good to cut the throat or remove the head fully afterward as a backup but as the main method personally I know I can't accomplish it to the level it is better than a bullet or cervical dislocation.

While other methods may cause a spike in pain how much is being registered consciously by the animal? There is a difference in pain receptors versus reaching psychological distress. Much like cutting with such a sharp object you don't feel the slice the spike may be so short and efficient the conscious brain fails to recognize it before it can no longer function. Kind of like methods of head trauma. I have been knocked unconscious. Yeah, there's a moment of impact that hurts a lot but it's so fast you are unconscious before you can process it. You can't even really process it as you first come around. Would someone get their finger off the fast forward and pause buttons long enough to explain to me what happened and why does my knee hurt? Oh yeah... I just hit the ground from 5' at 30-40mph... It's not painless but overall as far as death goes if you don't wake back up I wouldn't say it's worse than the chance of problems directly bleeding them out.

Now chemical euthanasia on the other hand shows signs on eeg that the animal feels enough distress it is panicking but can't move so in many cases I would call it less humane even though it doesn't cause pain. The psychological effect is much higher. Unless the animal is rendered unconscious through sedatives or anesthesia first in a way that does not overly upset the animal but this is often not cost effective for places that put down many animals or sometimes not really possible when doing small animals. Not all places are equipped for small animals and I've had some rodents so anemic from fleas we had to inject straight in the heart to stop it. These more physically traumatic methods probably would have been better.
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