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    Default Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    ... to shoot your own horse?

    There are laws about burying them, laws about transporting them, laws about what happens to them at an abbatoir, but what about shooting a horse yourself rather than calling, or waiting for a Vet (eg, injury, illness, old age etc)

    Always assuming you/the shooter held the appropriate firearm permits.

    Would it be a case of shoot, shovel and shut up?

    Would you do it, if you absolutely had to?
    Last edited by Enfys; 02-05-12 at 08:52 PM.

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    I have literally no idea

    Interesting question though I think.
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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    I have a friend (lady) who has a humane killer licence and shoots her own goats cattle etc. I can't see that horses would be any different in that circumstance. I wouldn't want to do it though.

    My farmer neighbour also will shoot his sheep if they need to be pts, he then gets the local collection firm to pick them up.

    I would ask a farmer they always seem to know what you can and can't do.

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    I think it might be you know.

    I couldn't do it, unless it was absolutely necessary, as in the horse was bleeding to death etc

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    I'm not 100% sure but when we've had horses shot we've never informed anyone specific. You will have to declare the horses passport as deceased, so it can't be used for any other horse... Fraud etc. License to own a gun would also come in to play of course... I've known a few farmers do their own animals and have nevered encountered any issues.

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    It is not illegal to euthanase an animal in a humane and appropriate manner, i.e a person with relevant firearms licence can shoot their own horse, dog etc.

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    Horses don't count as livestock though in the way cattle etc are I don't think?

    Is it legal to shoot your own dog? I would imagine horses fall into this category rather than in with cows/sheep?
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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    I thought you had to have a slaughter licencse ?!

    Prepared to to be proven wrong

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by jesstickle View Post
    Horses don't count as livestock though in the way cattle etc are I don't think?

    Is it legal to shoot your own dog? I would imagine horses fall into this category rather than in with cows/sheep?
    Pretty sure you can shoot your own dog ( what a ghastly thought)

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    Default Re: Shooting horses. Is it legal...

    Got a neighbour with a gun licence to shoot one of our bulls who was rampaging around the farm, but that was a dire emergency. People and other animals were at risk.

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