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Death by decapitation: A case study

Larry Carbone

in What Animals Want

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195161960
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161960.003.0009
 Death by decapitation: A case study

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This chapter presents a case study of one hotly contested but largely unseen controversy: whether a particular method of killing rats — decapitation in a table-top guillotine — inflicts excruciatingly intense or totally negligible pain. It discusses how scientists and veterinarians in this controversy vie to determine how much conscious perception of pain animals experience during or subsequent to this technique. It also considers why pain is the high-priority question in the first place when animal's lives are at stake.

Keywords: animal welfare; decapitation; animal pain; rats; guillotine; euthanasia

Chapter.  9937 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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