Advertisement Feeding your Ts live mice, or even pinkies, is illegal in the UK. I assumed this was common knowledge of keepers on here but I've seen a number of posts about it, so I'd like to explain. Mice are vertebrates, meaning they have a spine, containing the CNS, and feel pain. Though there is no law that specifically says "you cannot feed vertebrates as food", there is a law that says you cannot cause suffering to animals; the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Invertebrate food is legal to feed as they do not feel pain (debatable, but not my place to say) and they have been made exception. Due to having a simple CNS, they don't have nociceptors and are literally unable to experience it. Evolutionists say it's because they have such a shorter life, they do not need to learn and all behaviour is intuitive (unlike vertebrates who learn from pain). I will not criticise, because each may have their own opinion on the matter so mine will remain undisclosed. However, you should be aware that if you are found out by any animal welfare officer, you are liable to conviction. Charges vary, sometimes it's a £50 fine, sometimes it's a 10-year ban from keeping animals. People HAVE been convicted in the past. Links http://www.parl.gc.ca/37/2/parlbus/c...e/shelly-e.htm http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/far...l/welfare/act/ http://www.livefoodshop.co.uk/forum/...howtopic=72440 http://merlins-blog.co.uk/?p=351 (Scottish, but still applies to England, Wales and N. Ireland as well) Please, if you are still interested, further research it. Frozen vertebrates have, if done legally, been killed humanely (method depending on the size and quantity of the animal - more on euthanisation methods later), and exposure to predators is not considered a humane euthanisation method. They are sold in shops to feed reptiles, birds of prey, and sometimes other animals. Feeding tarantulas dead mice won't work, they will not accept it. For your curiosity: We kill our own food "humanely" too (but www.meat.org would suggest otherwise, and no promises can be made about any meat product. This is only the assumption that all slaughterhouses follow legislation), as well as other animals that need to be put down. Euthanisation Methods Mouse, single: Blow to the head, usually by hitting it against a table. Sounds grim but it's actually quick and painless. Mice, large quantity: Put in an airtight enclosure and given high doses of C02. Death ensues between 5-10 minutes. Fish: Blow to the head (usually people cover the fish in a towel and hit the head with the handle of a knife) Dogs/cats/similar sized animals: Anaesthetic overdose. Large animals, like a cow, horse or alpaca: Bullet or bolt to the head. Bullets are used more for pets, race horses and working animals, whereas the bolt to the head is a cheap way of killing meat animals like cows. It's a large bolt of metal on a machine that, once the animal is in position, will come out (spring loaded) and destroy the brain. It is ILLEGAL to put any living vertebrate in an enclosure with a predator that will kill it: Snakes, tarantulas, bosc monitors, etc but only in the United Kingdom. As far as I am aware, it's legal everywhere else. So folks from Australia, USA, Europe and Wonderland shouldn't have to worry. Look it up if you're unsure though. United Kingdom law, under the Animal Welfare Act 1996, says you may not feed vertebrates, live, to a predator. This is not my personal opinion, it is just the law.