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Hairyloon

RTA Sheep (what if).

I met a lot of sheep on the road last night (as you do, in certain areas). Also met a few less than careful drivers (though not on the same road).
I was moved to wonder what is the proper course of action if one happens upon a badly injured sheep out in the wilds somewhere...
dpack

kindness and report it to the police so as they can match eartag to owner.
Hairyloon

That was my guess, but how best to administer the kindness?
dpack

baby browning hi power

should you not happen to have one in the glove compartment a sharp knife to sever internal and external carotid arteries both sides is fairly swift and kinder that letting nature take it's course.

blunt force trauma to the head is a means of last resort but even if you have a long handled heavy hammer or felling axe (use the blunt side) and are fairly skilled with it tis likely to be messy and not a swift ,kind end.they have very solid skulls.

i spose garrote is possible as a post last resort resort but i have never heard how that might go.
Hairyloon

a sharp knife to sever internal and external carotid arteries both sides is fairly swift and kinder that letting nature take it's course...

There is usually a Stanley type knife that lives in the car, but it is currently missing...

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i spose garrote is possible as a post last resort resort but i have never heard how that might go.

I shall hope to not need to let you know.
Treacodactyl

I would have thought you'd follow similar process to deer road collisions. If you're able to use an appropriate firearm and if you're not call the police and they should have a list of people who can come out and do the deed. I'm not sure of the legality of using a knife although it has been suggested if you do nothing you're also breaking the law.

Edit to add this might be useful, although I doubt you'd be carrying a 5" fixed blade as you're unlikely to have good reason ("I might stumble across a wounded sheep officer" probably isn't good enough.)

http://www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk/culling/humane-dispatch2
dpack

if one has tree dismantling gear a 5" fixed blade is a very legitimate carry as you may need to cut oneself free of a rope or harness one handed while dangling like spider dinner .(although when i had to do that i used a 3" one handed opening lock knife on a string which would also be difficult to explain in the wrong place with the wrong copper Rolling Eyes )

that said treac's linky seems pretty useful to have at the back of one's mind for a just in case situation.

i wouldn't choose a stanley knife as a dispatch tool but it could be used if there was no viable kinder way available in a reasonable timescale.
Hairyloon

I doubt you'd be carrying a 5" fixed blade as you're unlikely to have good reason...

I quite often travel with a chainsaw in the boot, but not often with a firearm or a knife of that size.
In the absence of the means to make an appropriate phone call, it looks like dpack's garrotte would be the best option. Surprised
dpack

i have never tried chainsaw vs sheep but even if the wool didn’t jam the chain it wouldn’t be pretty and the tableau in the passing headlights might be a bit difficult to explain.

it seems likely it would be fatal (wool jam permitting) in a remove the head sort of style but i recon things would be pretty desperate before i considered it the best/kindest option.
Treacodactyl

I doubt you'd be carrying a 5" fixed blade as you're unlikely to have good reason...
I quite often travel with a chainsaw in the boot, but not often with a firearm or a knife of that size.
In the absence of the means to make an appropriate phone call, it looks like dpack's garrotte would be the best option. Surprised

I would have thought you'd be checking with a local farmer first, if it's not their animal they are likely to know who's it is and have a phone.
Hairyloon

I doubt you'd be carrying a 5" fixed blade as you're unlikely to have good reason...
I quite often travel with a chainsaw in the boot, but not often with a firearm or a knife of that size.
In the absence of the means to make an appropriate phone call, it looks like dpack's garrotte would be the best option. Surprised

I would have thought you'd be checking with a local farmer first, if it's not their animal they are likely to know who's it is and have a phone.
So leave it be and go look for the nearest house?
Nick

Yes. I can't believe this is even a conversation. dpack

on much of the pennines the nearest house might be quite a distance away ,but they might have a phone,thinking about it the nearest mechanic or ambulance might also be some distance away so having a phone about one's person is a fairly good idea.

on the high peaks many of the sheep are untagged/feral and the few hill farmers left are often miles away from any they own that are roaming among the unfenced roads on the tops so best bet is usually to let the coppers sort out ownership .im sure the "proper" response to a rta sheep is call plod and let them send a culler but im not sure i would want to sit for an hour or more with a part eviscerated sheep twitching it's life away slowly at the side of the road.
Hairyloon

Yes. I can't believe this is even a conversation.
I just wanted to confirm that leaving an animal suffering was the right thing to do when the nearest aid may be several hours away.

on much of the pennines the nearest house might be quite a distance away ,but they might have a phone,thinking about it the nearest mechanic or ambulance might also be some distance away so having a phone about one's person is a fairly good idea.
All very well having a phone, but if there is no signal, then they don't work.
gregotyn

So what is the law regarding pocket knives? I use penknives and Stanley knives at work, I and always have a spare of each. As I get older I forget where I have left them, and they would disappear if I left them at work overnight. Hairyloon

So what is the law regarding pocket knives? I use penknives and Stanley knives at work, I and always have a spare of each. As I get older I forget where I have left them, and they would disappear if I left them at work overnight.
The law is one of "reasonable excuse", but the offence is one of strict liability: you have to prove you have a good excuse rather than they prove you haven't.
Nick

And taking one to a job where you need it is fine. Pilsbury

As a teenager I used to regularly carry a bag containing 20 razor sharp knives up to 12 inch blades, I started with them in a briefcase with locks but soon found the police were curious about a 18 year old in jeans carrying a case around the financial bit of London and regularly got stopped and asked what was in the case.
I used to ask if i could open it off the main road cos it was full of knives and I didn't want anyone to see and I got lots of bemused coppers escorting me to the side street and looking over my chefs knives and my id from work showing I was a chef.
Switch to a very unsecure sports bag and I never got stopped again.....
sean

I was stopped late(ish) at night by police investigating a knife crime at Tooting Broadway tube and had a Stanley knife in my back pocket. That was a bit tense for a few minutes. dpack

i have ambled down tooting high st with a 4 1/b sandvic felling axe over my shoulder,the two met constables i passed didn't say a word Laughing wonder why?

if they had there would have been reasonable excuse as i was popping round to maybury st to split some fire wood for a pal.

i get the impression that the law is fairly subjective ,ie kukri on the way to do some hedging with a middle aged bloke = ok and nail file and scissors combo in the pocket of a 16 yr old sitting outside the offie = court

gregotyn should be fine as for work and would it probably be "borrowed" if i left it at work would be seen as reasonable.

i have had a few chats with coppers over the years regarding how they deal with such things and the usual response was "subjectively" and "depending on circumstances, instinct and whether or not i feel comfortable with them carrying that"
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