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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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Mar 24, 2017 Carolyn Beck
Mar 24, 2017 Inbal Hancock
Mar 24, 2017 Alice Sievert
Mar 23, 2017 Bruce Nix
Mar 23, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri These animals are fit, and in no danger, but their families are asking for them to be put down. The practice of "convenience euthanasia" is not only abhorrent, but it goes against every value that the AAVSB stands for.
Mar 23, 2017 Pamela Patterson
Mar 23, 2017 Karen Bunch
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 jude lotz
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Mar 23, 2017 Ava Harms
Mar 23, 2017 Donna Shirley
Mar 23, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Mar 23, 2017 Tanya Rodriguez
Mar 23, 2017 Cindy Hoyle
Mar 23, 2017 Susan Stephenson
Mar 23, 2017 Julia Caliari
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 lia schiltmans
Mar 23, 2017 Laura Bell
Mar 23, 2017 Ash Rawal
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) OMG this is terrible. We need to enforce neutering/spaying to keep these helpless, innocent animals from being born into a cruel world & then ensure that people are committed to adoptions.Stronger punishment & accountability for these heartless people!
Mar 23, 2017 Kristen Paullus
Mar 23, 2017 Kathleen Simmons Animals don't have a choice when and where to be born. We need to protect the innocent. Save animals...don't kill as a convenience.
Mar 22, 2017 Romain Rolland
Mar 22, 2017 Tatiana Gajdosova
Mar 21, 2017 Maria Meza
Mar 21, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
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Mar 21, 2017 Rebecca Harper
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Mar 20, 2017 CATHY WITT
Mar 20, 2017 Kristina Bedic
Mar 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 20, 2017 Angela Younger
Mar 20, 2017 Margaret McGlaun
Mar 20, 2017 Kathryn Borg
Mar 20, 2017 Claudia Alraun
Mar 20, 2017 Wendy Dronen
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Mar 19, 2017 Joanne Russell
Mar 19, 2017 Martine Riscalla
Mar 19, 2017 Darren Anderson

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