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Our wildlife centres rehabilitate animals who can be returned to the wild.
The fawn was plucked from its pregnant mother after she was killed in a car crash.
It was reared at the RSPCA Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, then released into the wild.
But the male roe deer was deemed too tame for its natural environment and was euthanased.
BDS spokesman David Kenyon said: 'If the RSPCA took the decision to raise the deer, then they should have taken the long-term decision to put it into a petting zoo.
'It was irresponsible to bring up a deer and expect it to go back into the wild.
'I have heard of deer being raised and put in petting zoos, but I have not heard of one being raised and then put down. That's a first.'
"Staff were very hands-off during the deer's stay at the centre. They did not talk to the animal, or pet him, and they threw his food over the wall so there was no direct contact," she said.
When the deer was released into the wild on October 20, however, he was apparently unable to cope with his new environment, so RSPCA staff caught him and put him to sleep.
One of these things is not like the others.