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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

Nov 18, 2017 Tracy Walker
Nov 18, 2017 Diane Hampton
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 18, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Nov 17, 2017 Jose Miranda
Nov 17, 2017 Anita Talley
Nov 17, 2017 Lisa Szczerba
Nov 17, 2017 Myra Craig
Nov 17, 2017 barbara disney
Nov 17, 2017 Nancy Homer Irresponsible pet ownership should not be allowed. People need to be held accountable with more than a small fine for animal neglect, abuse, or failure to care for them. Putting a perfectly healthy animal down for convenience is despicable.
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 HELGA Jelus
Nov 17, 2017 sharmini sewpersad
Nov 17, 2017 Debby Cash Breaks my heart that this murder continues
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Nov 16, 2017 Pat Arcila
Nov 16, 2017 dana newsom
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Tara Spires
Nov 16, 2017 Carol Reider
Nov 16, 2017 Michele Damron
Nov 16, 2017 Susan Fisher
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Helen Raber How can "rescue" sites justify killing so many of their pets just because no one is adopting them! Shelters are meant. To help the homeless pets, not euthanize them! Please stop the killing of healthy animals!
Nov 16, 2017 Robert Gray
Nov 16, 2017 Jessie Bourke
Nov 16, 2017 Heather Harvey It is barbaric and inhumane.
Nov 16, 2017 Tara Pecore
Nov 16, 2017 Linda Amrein
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Andrea Beltrami
Nov 16, 2017 Stan Benton It would take a really sick "owner" what would murder his or her own animal rather than find it another home if it is "inconvenient".
Nov 16, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 16, 2017 Gina Arens
Nov 16, 2017 J.D. Brown
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) And we need to stop the breeders making the problem worse by creating more unwanted animals for too few homes. Any person who would see a pet as an inconvenience should not be a pet owner.
Nov 16, 2017 Elena Newton
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Jacobs
Nov 16, 2017 Sofia Hällgren
Nov 16, 2017 Hanne H
Nov 16, 2017 Becca Polka
Nov 16, 2017 Maria Portell Stop the cruelty.
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Pamela Lee

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