What is euthanasia?
Humane euthanasia is defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as ‘painless killing to relieve suffering’. There are a number of criteria that must be fulfilled, according to BEVA guidelines for humane euthanasia to be carried out. Another type of euthanasia is elective euthanasia which is where after consultation with the owner or his/her representative on welfare and/or economic grounds a horse may be euthanized where BEVA criteria are not met.
Racehorses enjoy a very high standard of care and quality of life when in training. Maintaining a comparable quality of life is a key consideration when considering future options for a horse that has had a serious injury or condition.