Recently I was in a situation where I came across a fallow which had been hit by a car and had it's back broken and would not survive and clearly was in incredible pain. I called the relevant authorities and they said it would be a few hours before a vet would be able to get there to humanely put it down, so if I felt comfortable in dispatching the beast, I could go ahead.
I had no weapons on me other than a hefty hunting knife, so my only option was to slit it's throat. It went well and the animal bled out quickly. Upon research into my method, it seems there are two schools of thought.
1) that my method was halal and the animal would have passed out within seconds and thus would have felt little pain.
2) that halal slaughter is ******** and the animal would not have passed out, thus leaving it in considerable pain. (Having said that, even those who say this agree that it was still more humane than leaving it suffering for hours until a vet (possibly) arrived to put it down.)
So, does anyone have any further thoughts on a) if halal slaughter is humane and thus the animal didnt feel too much or b) does anyone have a better way of despatching a wounded deer or other large animal (im thinking badger, boar, perhaps fox) without a firearm?