As an 18 year vegetarian who can't stomach ever hurting an animal, what do I do when a car ahead of me hits an animal, and as I pass, I can see it's obviously suffering?
I'm a huge animal rights person and haven't eaten meat or fish for > .5 of my life. I've never consciously hurt an animal, and I don't expect that to change.
However, I do think that killing an animal who is definitely grievously wounded is merciful and in line with my beliefs. It's not something I really want to do, of course, but I'm finding myself haunted by a particularly grisly 2 weeks of experiencing animals very recently hit by cars, still alive but very badly wounded and writhing in the road.
In this situation, what do I do? Last week, I was directly behind a dump truck that hit a very small fawn, and sent it tumbling end over end, and I could hear it screaming as I drove by. I pulled over, but I didn't know what else to do besides call the police. The intervening 1.5 hours before an animal control person arrived were very obviously incredibly painful and a world of suffering for the poor thing. And this was only the worst event, there have been 4 others in 10 days.
I've read through the responses to this question
, but in my area, the roads are not very heavily trafficked, and most times the animal is a deer, which would do some fairly large damage my low-to-the-road economy car, so "euthanasia via Japanese auto industry product" is pretty much right out of the question.
I always have a bag with 3 or 4 good-sized knives (as well as many other tools, but these seem relevant) on me, for work. The gun laws in my state are pretty prohibitive, and I have to cross into a very restrictive city, also for work, so shooting it would be right out. What are my options? Do I just call the police/animal control and drive away? Or is there a humane way to dispatch these poor things? I can't imagine ever killing something, but I feel like letting it suffer so intensely is infinitely worse.