Aquariums – euthanasia

Humane treatment of sick, diseased and injured fish.

Approved activities Category
Slaughter/euthanasia of stock 5

Where an animal has become so sick, diseased or injured that recovery is unlikely or undesirable on humane grounds, euthanasia must be arranged with a person competent in the technique with the particular species.


Fish may be sold or passed on to other schools or appropriate homes so long as all of their needs can be met. It is not acceptable to kill animals as a form of disposal at any time.

Carcases must be disposed of in accordance with local council regulations.

Fish should not be released into natural waterways without the appropriate licence.


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