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Humanely Euthanizing Fish

Preferred Method:

Clove Oil and Tank Water Method

Buy pure clove oil. You can get it at a health food store for under $10 for a ? ounce bottle. Put the fish in a medium sized mixing bowl in his own water from his tank. In a small jar or something with a lid (I use a cleaned out jelly jar) mix the clove oil with tank water. Put the lid on and shake it like crazy over and over until the liquid in it is white. Then pour a little into the mixing bowl with the fish. Swirl it with your hand. The fish might fight it just a little bit and then slow down. Then pour a little more in and swirl again. He should just go to sleep and appear dead. If he doesn't, try a little more of the clove solution, always shaking very well before an addition to the bowl. When he goes to sleep, leave him in the solution for a good 10 minutes and then put him in a small cup or zip-lock baggie and put him in the freezer. Pain free death. Very humane. We should all go so easily.

Clove Oil and Vodka DON'T USE!!!!

The clove oil and vodka method is often sited as a humane method of fish euthanasia. Clove oil (eugenol) is used as an anesthetic in fish for surgery. The vodka is used to disperse the clove oil in the water. The clove oil/vodka mixture is placed in water and then the fish is added and supposedly dies peacefully. This doesn't work! Use the clove oil and tank water method described above.

I believed, after hearing about a betta struggling and thrashing when placed in the clove oil/vodka bath (IN WATER), that there must be a better way.

Other Methods

Tricaine Methanosulfate (TMS)

Another method I was told about is another fish anesthetic called Tricaine Methanosulfate (TMS). One gram of TMS in one liter of water makes a bath that will put the fish to death peacefully. I haven?t tried this, so I can?t personally recommend it.

Freezer Method

An old and still widely used method of fish euthanasia is to place the fish in a container of its own tank water and place it in the freezer. I have done this, but have never been completely comfortable with it.

Using a knife

Slice the fish right behind the gills. Cut all the way through and take the fish?s head off. Quick and painless, if you can do it.

Slamming

Net the fish and slam them hard against the floor, a wall or a countertop. An alternative, and not quite as traumatic to the fish owner would be to place the fish in a bag before slamming. I don?t believe this would work very well with very small fish as their lack of weight may make this method ineffective.

In the end, I believe the most humane way to euthanize a fish is with the clove oil and tank water method. I have used it myself and can verify that it is quick, humane and apparently painless.

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Using a knife

Slice the fish right behind the gills. Cut all the way through and take the fish?s head off. Quick and painless, if you can do it.

how is this painless? wouldnt it hurt if someone cut your head off? sorry but just wondering.

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Not if it's done very quickly - it's a virtually instant death and because you cut through the spinal cord the fish doesn't feel much if anything. Just takes a lot of courage to do it (I couldn't, I must admit).

It's only when beheadings are slow or bungled that it hurts.... took 3 chops of the axe to remove King Charles II's head! Anne Boleyn demanded an expert swordsman from France to cutoff her head when King Henry VIII ordered her death.

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Ive always wondered what fish can feel. When I used to go fishing I was always told that the fish dont feel the hooks at all. Is it true? What about when a fish has finrot, do they feel themsleves rotting? Hmmmm ?????

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i always wondered, just how quickly a person dies when beheaded, like, if someonewas on the guillitine, would thier brain function long enough too look back up out of the basket, and see the rails above, or perhaps the sky?

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ohh thats freaky mike.

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Not sure how true this is, but I heard if you are beheaded, then the brain instantly stops working - like a sort of "shock" where it just can't cope with the sudden set of "readings" from the spinal cord, which has been severed. So it's meant to be very quick, humane & painless.

Creepy though, becuase it's not as if we can ask if it's true.

:yikes

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eeewwww...

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It would be so hard to cut off my fishy head :(

i would never have the courage to kill my fish

i cused to cry whenmy fish die

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Guest jimmyd2000

I can cut the head off a trout np but i dont think i would want to do that to a goldfish.

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Mike

I always wondered the same thing...

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I couldn't slam my fish up against a wall. What if you didn't do it hard enough and it just hurt it really bad? Plus it's just disgusting.

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I think it would just hurt more the harder you slammed. Plus, you would have to slam hard to kill it.

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"t has been shown that fish (like other vertebrate animals, including humans) have a highly developed system that may help protect them from severe pain--pain which could endanger their lives if they were seriously handicapped by it following some injury to their bodies, such as might be inflicted by a large predator. This system releases natural opiate-like substances (enkephalins and endorphins) once an animal is injured. ... The presence of this pain-dampening opiate system implies that there must be some capacity to experience pain, otherwise there would be little point in animals having evolved such a system in the first place. ..." http://www.nofishing.net/pain.html

So yes, fish feel the pain and stress responses, just like humans would do if someone stuck a hook through your mouth. Not really a great suprise that piercing an animals mouth with a hook might hurt, in my opinion.

I've read that the 'freezer' method is now considered inhumane, also. I'd go for anaesthetic overdose, or a sharp hammer blow to the head, instantly destroying the entire brain.

Now here's hoping I never ever have to use any of these methods...

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