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Cervical Dislocation, "breaking the neck" or "snapping the spine" are terms used to describe this killing method intended to be quick and painless.[1] This is a technique used in physical euthanasia by applying pressure to the neck and dislocating the spinal column from the skull or brain.[2]



According to the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), Cervical Dislocation is normally only conducted on small animals.[2] The University of Iowa and some veterinary associations, consider the technique as an ethically accepted method for terminating the life of small rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels, etc.[3]


According to Extension the separation must take place at the base of the brain or within the upper third of the neck which is the cervical spine area."[1] YouTube, a video sharing website, demonstrates with online videos the cervical dislocation of meat rabbits.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Extension
  2. ^ a b "Glossary." CCAC Programs. 2005. Canadian Council on Animal Care. Accessed 13 July 2007.
  3. ^ University of Iowa. "Euthanasia." Accessed 15 August 2007
  4. ^ SuburbanHomestead. "Killing a meat rabbit". July 2008. YouTube. Accessed 4 August 2008.
  5. ^ TheRabbitWringer. "How to kill a meat rabbit, rabbit slaughter, meat rabbit". February 2009. YouTube. Accessed 1 May 2009.


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