Is mercy killing (Euthanasia) of animals permissible in Islam?

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There is a difference of opinion between classical jurists on the matter of whether the animal can be killed.
Some Schools do not allow its killing, for it is a living soul and thus should be allowed to die naturally.
However, according to the Hanafi and Maliki Schools of Islamic law, if the animal is in extreme pain and close to death and there is no hope of its recovery, then there is no sin in killing it to end its suffering and pain.


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