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Animal Euthanasia: Pros and Cons

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Laura Krebs

on 31 May 2016

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Animal Euthanasia:
The definition of euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient to avoid suffering.
It literally means "good death"
It's Very Humane
Animals die within 10 seconds and the only pain they feel is the needle puncture.
The owner/ caretaker can stay by their side instead of them dieing all alone.
With home euthanasia pets don't even have to go through the stress of going to the vet
It's Much Better Than Other Options
Nobody wants to think about it, but there are much worse ways animals can go. They could be abused, starved, run over by a car, or worse. If they were suffering and there was nothing you could do about it, wouldn't you want to give them a painless and humane death?
Why you shouldn't put your pet down.
If you get sick and it looks like the end for you, and you cannot communicate. Would you want someone to make the choice to end your life? If you were happy but could not communicate and a person with more power than you didn't want you anymore; Would you want them to end your life?

The answer is no; you would want to fight for your life or not be under the person with the higher power anymore.
Wouldn't your pet want the same?

An animal that is sick will still be happy and run around the yard with the right medication, she/he will feel no pain up until his or her final days. Wouldn't you want your pet to be as happy as it can for as long as it can? Or do you want to cut this animals life short because you have been given that power?
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No-Kill Shelters Aren't As Good As They Appear
Many people think that no-kill shelters are much better than kill shelters, however no-kill shelters:
Don't actually kill animals but will stop accepting when they get too full, sending animals to kill shelters anyway
Accept too many animals and crowd them together, causing disease and unpleasant living conditions
Don't have enough resources to properly take care of all their animals
Is it the humane thing to do?
The Hard Truth
There are about 70 million stray animals in the U.S., and only 3,500 shelters
Only six to eight million cats and dogs enter these shelters every year
Where do the animals that the shelters can't take go? Are we just going to leave them to get hit by cars, get fatal diseases, and starve to death?
Euthanasia may be their best option.
Is it humane to put a healthy animal to sleep?
Is it humane to put animals to sleep because shelters don't have the funding to keep them?
Is it humane to have a family pet put down because you don't want it anymore?
Is it humane to help something to its death?
The answer to all these questions is no. Euthanasia in animals is not humane because of how we choose to handle this decision for the helpless animals.
The Truth
"Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition."-Dictionary.com
Lack of money/ not being spayed or neutered
Overpopulation in shelters
Healthy, unwanted, adoptable, animals being euthanized
Your pet wont have a choice of what is going to happen to it
What if your veterinarian misdiagnosed your pet and you put it down because it had a simple infection?
Guilt will never leave you even if there is no other option
People might look down on you because of their religious beliefs
Killing a animal because there isn't funds to keep it from suffering is not the right choice to make.
People use euthanasia to get rid of unwanted pets like garbage.
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