Fair pointThat sounds great but you don't always have the luxury of waiting for someone else to do it. My vet would be at a half hour drive even if they agreed to see the chicken me and at best they've managed to shove us in at the end of the day's schedule to put down an animal.
Is it better to let a hawk attack victim, torn open with her guts spilling out, suffer an hour, just to wait for someone to come home to do the job for you, or to end it immediately yourself?
To me the greater kindness is the latter. I wasn't happy to do it but at least I knew I minimized her suffering as much as I could.