NASHVILLE, TENN. — Non-livestock animals meant to be euthanized now must be held for three days, and those euthanized with intracardial injections
must be heavily sedated, under a new state law.
The measure requires the three-day holding time except in emergency situations.
Sodium pentobarbital and similar agents approved by the state board of veterinary medicine are the only methods of euthanasia
for non-livestock animals.
The preferred methods ranked under the law are intravenous injection by hypodermic needle, followed by an intraperitoneal
injection, an intracardial injection and then a solution or powder added to food.