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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

Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Jillian Beaulieu
Sep 17, 2017 Joanne Raby
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Sandy Franks
Sep 15, 2017 Ladonna Courey
Sep 14, 2017 SUE JOHNSON
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Orahood
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Marlyse Hanssens
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) Animal ownership is a responsibility for the lifetime of the pet. Criminalize convenience euthanasia, or better yet, get rid of it altogether.
Sep 13, 2017 Gloria Hoeft
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Unacceptable! Humans are hitting a new low...this is the only field humans keep staying above my expectations
Sep 13, 2017 Sophia Lim
Sep 13, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 13, 2017 barbara gale
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Sevda Karagedik
Sep 13, 2017 Maxine Clark
Sep 13, 2017 Joan Winchester
Sep 12, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 Laura Stranc
Sep 11, 2017 Tanya Roland
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Bonnie Edwards
Sep 11, 2017 Belle Prince
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 Kimberley Leal Carrizo Convenience euthanasia is discharging and just wrong.
Sep 10, 2017 Lourdes Escobar
Sep 10, 2017 Sharon Kirk
Sep 9, 2017 Carolyn Baris
Sep 9, 2017 Grisell Garcia
Sep 9, 2017 James Morrison Isn't this what ISIS does to people with whom they have issues? So are we no better for killing other forms of living creatures for "convenience?
Sep 9, 2017 Jessie Rawlins
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 9, 2017 April Davis
Sep 9, 2017 Kayla Perkins No healthy animal should have to die because people are ignorant, selfish, irresponsible. They deserve to exist just as much if not more than many humans in this planet
Sep 9, 2017 Cat McGuire
Sep 9, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Sep 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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