Survey on Perception of Equine Euthanasia among Rural Communities of Ethiopia

Ayele Gizachew, Hawi Jaleta, Tadesse Birhanu, Josep Subirana
2016 Science Technology and Arts Research Journal  
This study was conducted with the hypothesis that the rural communities are unanimously against the practice of animal euthanasia. Participatory rural appraisal and semi interview were used to gather the required data. There were around 17 cases listed by the respondents which working equines suffer protracted death. Thirty eight percent (n=61/161) of the interviewed equine owners revealed that they had equines that warrant euthanasia during the last one year. About 36% of the respondents
more » ... e respondents abandon their equines when they were unfit for work. Study area was a risk factor (P<0.05) for the practice of abandoning animals that warrant euthanasia. There was no statistically significant association ( of abandoning equines and religion, education level, sex and age of the respondents. All the focus group discussion revealed that all the participants were una killing of working equines (k=1.00) using methods that do not violate their religion, belief, culture and custom. In conclusion, the rural communities might be supportive for euthanasia practice if methods that fit to the culture and belief of a community are used. Abstract Article Information This study was conducted with the hypothesis that the rural communities are unanimously Participatory rural appraisal and semi-structured interview were used to gather the required data. There were around 17 cases listed by the respondents which working equines suffer protracted death. Thirty eight percent (n=61/161) of owners revealed that they had equines that warrant euthanasia during the last one year. About 36% of the respondents abandon their equines when they were unfit <0.05) for the practice of abandoning animals that warrant euthanasia. There was no statistically significant association (P>0.05) between practice of abandoning equines and religion, education level, sex and age of the respondents. All the focus group discussion revealed that all the participants were unanimously agreed on merciful killing of working equines (k=1.00) using methods that do not violate their religion, belief, culture and custom. In conclusion, the rural communities might be supportive for euthanasia practice if e and belief of a community are used.
doi:10.4314/star.v4i2.30 fatcat:qvk53wnlozhu3ksk3zc67t2ela