Quoting Minion:" I think it is ok if you make the shot as to where it will die instantly. My mom tried to kill a goat ... [snip!] ... like that once, but she emptied 6 rounds into its head and it still wouldn't die. She had to call my grandpa to come finish it."Your mom is a terrible shot. A goats head is pretty small - you'd think she would kill a goat even accidentally after 6 rounds....was she actually shooting it in the head? I can't fathom. I have grown up around farms & hunting. It isn't that hard to kill an animal at close range with 1 shot....and even if it takes 2, if she got it between the eyes it should be enough. I do know some people though have a tendency to actually shut their eyes when they shoot - both because they hate to do it AND because they fear the recoil...so maybe that is it?
Quoting Saffy Sly:" I killed my cat. It sounds bad but it wasn't. She was 16 and in a bad way. She couldn't even get up to ... [snip!] ... even get up to use the bathroom anymore so I OD'd her on prescription sleeping pills. She fell asleep and never woke up."
Quoting TheNuge:" that sounds nice an humane. Glad it worked well."
Quoting justanothamotha:" I guess I am kind of thinking that YOU are the farmer in this story. ;) And yes - I would also say ... [snip!] ... - I would also say it is safe to assume you would do it quick & painless or you wouldn't try to to do it at all...I hope."