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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

Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 15, 2018 David Margolis
Aug 14, 2018 Reitz Tanja
Aug 14, 2018 Kristine Litstrom
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Sherwood
Aug 13, 2018 jen elsby
Aug 13, 2018 Lisa Salazar
Aug 13, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 Jamie Lyons
Aug 13, 2018 Penny Duke
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 j hamilton
Aug 12, 2018 William Batt
Aug 12, 2018 Christina Amiri
Aug 11, 2018 Anne PIZELLE
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 5, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 3, 2018 Carole Johnson Cats and dogs just want to be loved and that's what we as human beings should do and not murder them.
Aug 3, 2018 K. Pussa
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Marie Pepper
Aug 2, 2018 Janet Roberts There are many rescues that are no kill or even SPCA at least gives the animal a 2nd chance, this is unnecessary, one of the best dogs I ever had was saved by a vet who was asked to do this but homes him with me instead!
Aug 2, 2018 Isabel Figueiras
Aug 2, 2018 Amandajane Hellier Time to stop all the fancy breeding and start neutering/spaying what we already have and spending the time to re home these lovelies. The fancy breeders could spend their time and energy too helping re home the fancy breeds.
Aug 2, 2018 Omar Pivaral
Aug 1, 2018 Carmen Calleja
Aug 1, 2018 Janice Powers
Aug 1, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 Kim Munchel
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Kathleen Smith
Jul 30, 2018 Craig Taylor
Jul 29, 2018 Mary-Frances Ellis
Jul 29, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 29, 2018 Christian KIEFFER

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