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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

Jan 20, 2018 Felicia Wilson
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Lois McElwee
Jan 16, 2018 Nancy Garner
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 15, 2018 Rochelle Hess
Jan 15, 2018 moreau agnès
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Debra Glass
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Mary Hatzigiannis
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2018 madelynn hunter
Jan 11, 2018 chris thomason
Jan 11, 2018 Vivianne Meliton Please end this horrific practice. All animals deserve a chance at life.
Jan 11, 2018 carla renders
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 4, 2018 Elizabeth Russell
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Alissa A
Jan 4, 2018 Janice Tumpap
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Haifa Abdullah
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Blanche Norris
Jan 4, 2018 jenny magallanes
Jan 4, 2018 Darci Fillman
Jan 4, 2018 Elizabeth Harrison
Jan 3, 2018 Angela Simm
Jan 3, 2018 Dawn Robinson
Jan 3, 2018 Colleen Bergh
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed) Why would an owner of a perfectly good pet do this. They then should have never been a pet owner to begin with then. Would they so conveniently do this to their child when they become an inconvenience to them. They do not take responsibility seriously.
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 Dawn Windham
Jan 3, 2018 Gwynneth Batson All fur babies have a right to live out their days with a loving family
Jan 2, 2018 Mary Bowman
Jan 2, 2018 claudia Crosier It is sad that we view animals as something akin to garbage, tossed out when we are finished with it. we need to spay/ neuter and train our dogs as well as commit to them for life.
Jan 2, 2018 Maria Palacios
Jan 2, 2018 Barbara Clippard This is crazy! Doesn't a vet make an oath to do no harm!
Jan 2, 2018 Sharon Morrow We need to save these babies
Jan 2, 2018 Ruth ann Mcgrath
Jan 2, 2018 Dianne Rodgers Please stop convience killings
Jan 2, 2018 Sharon Murphy
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed) Not right give them second unless are no cure
Jan 2, 2018 Heather Robinson

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