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Captive reptiles should be fed with living prey
Captive reptiles should be fed with living prey.
The snake will eat fresher food if it kills it itself.
Live prey is cheaper and better for the environment, as dead meat has to be kept and transported while refrigerated.
The snakes' natural behaviour is triggered.
It's fascinating to see how an animal hunts its prey.
The feeding of live animals mimics the natural cycle of hunter and hunted found in the wild.
It's a quick death.
If the animal doesn't eat, the mouse is not killed for nothing.
Welfare of mice and other prey animals during their life is often not granted.
Feeding live vertebrates to reptiles is illegal in many places.
Death in a facility specifically designed for the killing of mice could be painless, e.g. using N2O or CO poisoning.
In the wild, the prey has a chance to escape much easier, because it has more space to run away to. It is cruel giving them a slow, painful, unnecessary and inevitable death inside a cage.
Prey suffers during poisoning or strangulation.
There is a risk of damage to the reptile (being bitten by prey).
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