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Owners' experiences of equine euthanasia or death

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ALMOST 800 horse owners completed a survey commissioned by the National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) asking about their plans for dealing with the death or euthanasia of their horse and for disposing of its body.

The survey, which ran throughout February and March, also included questions to assess whether owners understood their legal obligations regarding their horses, the food chain and passports. It was split into two parts – the first part was answered by owners who had had previous experience of the death or euthanasia of a horse; the second part was answered by all owners regardless of their experiences.

The NFSCo reports that, overall, 73 per cent of those responding to the survey had previously had to dispose of a horse that had died or been euthanased. Of these, 64 per cent had opted for their animal to be euthanased by injection administered by a veterinary surgeon. The most common reason for selecting a …

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