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More and more cases of "convenience euthanasia" are being brought to veterinarians across the country. These animals are fit, and in no danger, but their families are asking for them to be put down.

The reasons people ask for convenience euthanasia range from "he got too big," to "she sheds too much," or even, "we just don’t enjoy them as much as we used to." People also cite the high cost of veterinary care as a reason to put an animal down, or the difficulty of finding it a new home. What is most shocking is that there is no law or regulation that prevents vets from euthanizing a healthy pet simply at the owner's request.

Some vets refuse to perform convenience euthanasia, but many are willing to euthanize by request, and that is something that can be stopped. Like all medical doctors, veterinarians are required to obtain certification from their state to practice. By encouraging states to refuse licenses to vets that willingly euthanize healthy animals, we can save countless lives!

Let's make convenience euthanasia a thing of the past by asking the American Association of Veterinary State Boards to help change state policies for licensing veterinarians. Sign below to help make sure pets are protected!

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To President-Elect of the AAVSB, Vito DelVento, DVM,

More and more people are visiting their veterinarian to have their healthy animal put down for no other reason than their own convenience. The reasons range from complaints about the costs of having a pet, the pet shedding more than they like, or even the difficulties that arise when moving with a pet.

The practice of "convenience euthanasia" is not only abhorrent, but it goes against every value that the AAVSB stands for. A pet is not a piece of furniture, or a conversation piece - something to be discarded when they no longer fill a void. Allowing families to bring in a healthy pet to be put down simply because they are tired of it, or don’t want to take care of it anymore is horrifying, and any veterinarian dedicated to helping animals should be equally appalled at the idea. Yet, because there's nothing saying that a veterinarian cannot, or should not, perform convenience euthanasia, pets continue to be treated as such.

The AAVSB is in a unique position to help shape how states view veterinary medicine, and what criteria they use to certify their vets. As the primary source for the veterinary regulatory community, your voice resonates into every veterinary office. By joining in the fight against this barbaric and unnecessary procedure, thousands of animals can be saved.

By standing up and decrying this practice, and encouraging veterinary boards around the country to raise their standards, you will make a difference to all of us, animals and humans alike.


Petition Signatures

Mar 22, 2018 Jessica O.
Mar 22, 2018 TJ Cade Would you euthanize your child because "she got too big" or some other inconvenient reason? Animals are just as innocent as young children and deserve just as much respect.
Mar 22, 2018 Kathleen O'Sullivan I don't know how anyone--owner AND vet could do this.
Mar 22, 2018 Rhonda Spencer
Mar 22, 2018 Donna Taylor Please STOP that is senseless and unhumane.
Mar 22, 2018 Mary Martin
Mar 22, 2018 Kelly Whitelaw
Mar 22, 2018 Dianne Douglas
Mar 22, 2018 mary renard
Mar 22, 2018 Judith Boucher
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) This should be a crime and the owners should be severely fined. How can they live with themselves. I'd rather be around animals than people any day.
Mar 22, 2018 Nicole Duran
Mar 22, 2018 JL Orr This is disgusting. Please stop it.
Mar 22, 2018 Gail Schnell I cannot believe that any competent, reasonable, compassionate, humane vet would participate in this barbaric practice that reduces pets to "things" and not sentient beings. Stop this immediately!
Mar 22, 2018 Faye Meade
Mar 22, 2018 Janet Piekarski
Mar 22, 2018 Agnes Chrismer
Mar 22, 2018 janice polito
Mar 22, 2018 Maggie Baker
Mar 22, 2018 Laura Williams
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Linda Schoeman It appears vets do not have the equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath that doctors have to pledge. Shame on those who consider their convenience over the life of their pet!
Mar 22, 2018 Shannon Biggar
Mar 22, 2018 Debra Jaranowski
Mar 22, 2018 Gerrie Brennan What my 300lb husband said below
Mar 22, 2018 Suzanne Albright
Mar 22, 2018 Jennie Long This must be stopped!
Mar 22, 2018 J Summers This is crazy. Why would anyone ever do something like this to God's creatures?
Mar 22, 2018 Lynda Wood
Mar 22, 2018 JoAnne Willey if you don't want the responsibility of taking care of an animal don't get one.
Mar 22, 2018 Nancy Blethen
Mar 22, 2018 Gloria Santillo Total selfish and heartless act!!
Mar 22, 2018 John Brennan Put yourself in their place, you heartless *******
Mar 22, 2018 jenny ablan
Mar 22, 2018 Rebecca Slate
Mar 22, 2018 Su Green
Mar 22, 2018 Rina Stols Please stop the killing
Mar 22, 2018 Mike Kortas
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Judith Gabriel
Mar 22, 2018 Toni Reeves This is like bringing a child to the doctor and asking for it to be "euthanatized" because you no longer want it, or enjoy having it around. What happen to people being humane?
Mar 22, 2018 Joanne McClelland The only reason an animal should be "put down" is for medical health reasons (quality of life, pain etc.) or in rare occasions where the animal is truly vicious and can't be rehabilitated. My animals all live long lives and that is how it should be.
Mar 22, 2018 talila stan
Mar 22, 2018 Nancy Taylor
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Candy Barber
Mar 22, 2018 Thomas Oakley I do agree vets charge too much. Maybe if fixing was cheaper more people would use it. And of course vets will kill a good animal since they charge for it. Follow the money and see where it leads.
Mar 22, 2018 CATHY PRICE
Mar 22, 2018 Lisa Sherman "I just don't enjoy these people (who heartlessly ask vets to kill their pets for no good reason) as much as I used to", so please euthanize them instead of their pets.
Mar 22, 2018 Judith Lane I have a better idea than killing the animal, don't get one in the first place, you don't deserve them. They sure don't deserve someone like you.

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