Once an animal is deceased, all of its remains (e.g. body, feathers, fur, claws, teeth, antlers, and bones) must be disposed of properly to prevent potential risks to public health, other animals, or the environment if the animal was contagious or contaminated and to help stem illegal wildlife trade. The AVMA's Animal Carcass Disposal web page is a members' only resource that provides a detailed discussion of carcass disposal and the options available.
When disposing of animal carcasses, veterinarians must comply with local, state, and federal regulations while also striving to meet the needs of the owner if the animal is owned. Some basic tips include:
Cases involving certain species, such as threatened or endangered species, migratory birds, birds of prey, and certain game species, require that the proper authorities must be contacted. Examples of such include:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceNational Eagle RepositoryRocky Mountain Arsenal, Building 128Commerce City, Colorado 80022phone: (303) 287-2110fax: (303) 287-1570
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