DRAFT 1

Please send your comments  to md@sava.co.za before 18th November 2013.

POSITION STATEMENT

EUTHANASIA OF INJURED WILD ANIMALS

The SAVA is not in favour of the indiscriminate euthanasia of injured wild animals.

Injured wild animals should be carefully evaluated to determine the possible quality of life of that animal after the injuries have been treated.

If the quality of life after treatment is assessed to be satisfactory [as against optimal], appropriate treatment should be applied.

If the quality of life after treatment, in the assessment of the veterinarian, will result in any post-operative suffering, or severely compromised quality of life, the animal should be humanely euthanased.