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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. This is a technique used in physical euthanasia by applying pressure to the neck and dislocating the spinal column from the skull or brain.


According to the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), Cervical Dislocation is normally only conducted on small animals. The University of Iowamarker 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.


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." YouTube, a video sharing website, demonstrates with online videos the cervical dislocation of meat rabbits.

See also


  1. Extension
  2. " 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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