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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

May 24, 2018 Dr Ron Mervis
May 24, 2018 Michela Tognoni
May 24, 2018 Huetta Roderick people who want their pets murdered because they are inconvenient are more than just cruel, they are teaching their children that living creatures are worthless. This lesson can result in raising a generation that has no respect for life--even huan life.
May 23, 2018 Shannah Tenner
May 23, 2018 Brent Pennell
May 23, 2018 Ruth Umayan
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Every Cat has a right to live! Please give them a chance. Give them to a no kill shelter so they can live and love someone!
May 22, 2018 J Phillips
May 22, 2018 Kay Waits No to convenience euthanasia
May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 21, 2018 Kris Dollard Euthanasia for the convenience of the client is barbaric and completely unnecessary. There is always an alternative.
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth Pum
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 Marilyn Morrison
May 21, 2018 Allyn Kolodney
May 21, 2018 Lisa K
May 21, 2018 Carol Annucci This is the first I have heard of “conscience” euthanasia!!!! This is horrible! People need to surrender their “unwanted cats” to a no kill shelter. Rather than just putting them down because they are too fat or whatever stupid reason they give!!!!
May 21, 2018 Shauna Brown
May 21, 2018 Stephanie Buzzell
May 21, 2018 Lori Luchette
May 21, 2018 Ronda Hightower
May 21, 2018 Emily Milligan It is not the animals fault. It is once again human error, therefore humans need to fix it.
May 21, 2018 Siddhesh Bhobe Please please look at other measures. Killing these beautiful humans in fur coats is not the solution
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) dear Mr. Vito DelVento, DVM, You Have The POWER, Please Stop this! There Is A WAY To STOP The OVER Population of Our 'PETS', why, oh why, Can't it come in 'PILL FORM'. I am 69 yrs old. I know its ALL ABOUT $MONEY$, but Please,HELP. You CAN !!! "PRAYERS"
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Valerie Face
May 20, 2018 Cathy Fuller Any owner that would euthanize a pet for no good reason shouldn't be allowed to have another one ever , but vets allowing this for no good reason shouldn't be allowed to practice !!! they're definitely needs to be a law against this nationwide !
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Kristina Sedic
May 19, 2018 Ray Kowalski
May 19, 2018 Carla-Marie Vincent
May 19, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Danielle Eshuis
May 18, 2018 Karen Myers
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Susan Diller
May 18, 2018 Wendy Springstead
May 18, 2018 lucianne lavin
May 18, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Betty Delman
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor

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