Importance of knowing how to humanely dispatch prey animals.
If the ferret owner does not know how to dispatch the animal in chances that the ferret does a dodgy kill then the [live] prey animal may be put under unnecessary suffering.
As the one in charge, you must be knowledgeable in dispatching animals and must be able to do so efficiently and humanely otherwise this too, can clash with potential animal cruelty laws.
You as the owner, are responsible for the lives involved when it comes to live feeding. Not just your ferret, but the lives you allow the ferret to hunt as well.
Recommended method for a fast dispatch:
- Cervical Dislocation: A common physical method for euthanasia of small animals by applying pressure to the neck and dislocating the spinal column from the skull or brain. The aim is to quickly separate the spinal cord from the brain so as to provide the animal with a fast and painless death. The University of Iowa and some veterinary associations, consider the technique as an ethically accepted method for terminating the life of small rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels, etc.