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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 23, 2017 Deborah Schmidt
Nov 23, 2017 Rachael Grimes
Nov 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2017 Lynn Poston Until we also will allow doctors to euthanize healthy humans, we should expect our vetenarians to decline this also--as well as animal shelters and pounds.
Nov 23, 2017 Paula Hurlbrink
Nov 22, 2017 Teri Smith
Nov 22, 2017 Ranae Spiers
Nov 22, 2017 caherine carney-feldman
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles You adopted that animal, the very least you could do is take care of them! I don't care if you "don't enjoy them as much as you used to" boo hoo, you have the responsibility to take care of the animal! if you wont want them later, dont get them now!
Nov 22, 2017 DWAYNE KNIRK
Nov 22, 2017 Caroline McKinney
Nov 22, 2017 Karen Perry
Nov 22, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Nov 22, 2017 Cheryle Smith
Nov 22, 2017 Susan Kobler
Nov 22, 2017 cheryl martin
Nov 22, 2017 Lisa Barnett
Nov 22, 2017 kelly boulter
Nov 21, 2017 Patricia Lama
Nov 21, 2017 Carla Opicka
Nov 21, 2017 Lolly Hamblett
Nov 21, 2017 Inger Britt
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 Elysia Green
Nov 21, 2017 Bree Foth
Nov 21, 2017 Anita McAllester
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Only a lisensed vet should be allowed to put down animals. Its disgusting that animals are being tossed away just because. Its different if they are aggressively unstable or seriously ill. Save the animals...they save us every day
Nov 21, 2017 Annette Stewart People are fickle, lazy, and look to the vet as an easy way out of a situation they choose to put themselves into. Stop enabling their actions. If a person cannot afford or deal with an pet, they should not have one. There are other options for these pets
Nov 21, 2017 Liesl Petrucka
Nov 21, 2017 Yvette Luna This should be illegal, people who kill animals have a mental issue
Nov 21, 2017 Fabian Müller
Nov 21, 2017 Marjorie Eastman
Nov 21, 2017 Deborah Dreyer
Nov 21, 2017 Kara Wendholt
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Karissa Albin
Nov 21, 2017 Gretchen Smith
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Jacqueline Craven
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Richard Han
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman Perhaps we should be looking at requirements for owning pets. Hmmmm
Nov 20, 2017 Dena Albright
Nov 19, 2017 Linda Janes This has to stop. There are a lot of people around there that would be able to help. Just make it public that you take donations.
Nov 19, 2017 Margaret Neuman ANY vet who "kills" an animal at the request of an owner should not be allowed to have a practice and should themselves never be allowed to own an animal!
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 ANN UNGER

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