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Killing a dying animal, compassion or interfering with nature.
Today I was walking home with my wife, I noticed a small bird on the side of the road.
It was alive but it's neck was cocked sideways and it could only fly in circles. It's neck appeared broken as it was limp and could only turn in circles.
The bird appeared clearly distressed, I found a large rock and walked over to the bird, I then killed it as quickly as I could.
My thoughts were that if I was suffering beyond hope of survival I would want a quick ending.
But I've heard it said that we shouldn't interfere with nature, the bird was dying but we shouldn't impute human emotions onto animals,
I felt like it was the right thing to do but from a karmic point of view was it the right thing?
Will I suffer down the line because of my conscious decision to kill an animal? Or will I receive good karma because my intention was to end it's suffering even though I killed?