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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 23, 2018 Helen Lee
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Nathalie Cikin
Apr 23, 2018 lesley freeman
Apr 23, 2018 Susana Perez
Apr 23, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Apr 22, 2018 Esther Garinger
Apr 22, 2018 Robin Stein
Apr 22, 2018 lisa dean Minnesota needs to be recognized as one of the top convenient euthanizing states in this country. They are horrible. They kill healthy cats and dogs saying they are problem animals when actually rescues rescue them and the animals have no personality is
Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Vicki Russell
Apr 22, 2018 Jim Kucelin
Apr 22, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Martha Cottle
Apr 22, 2018 Judy Warren
Apr 21, 2018 Marilyn Filomia Garrett
Apr 21, 2018 Dayna Lamb
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Patty Audrain
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is the best I can do. No comment further needed. Thank you for this opportunity to make it count!
Apr 21, 2018 Paul Grohman
Apr 21, 2018 Maya Rudik
Apr 21, 2018 Doreen Stevens
Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council
Apr 21, 2018 Jennifer Ford
Apr 21, 2018 Marta Sloane Please stop the killing of healthy animals who can be rehomed with a loving family.
Apr 21, 2018 Shelley Reagan This is disgusting! Not only does it need to be illegal. It needs to be mandated that anyone who even asks be reported. These offenders be banned from owning pets again. Require pet confiscation turn over to humane organization!
Apr 21, 2018 Liane McFetridge
Apr 21, 2018 Robyn Friedman Not only should it be illegal, but if a prospective client comes in and asks for one, they should be required to report them, and if possible, rescue the animal.
Apr 20, 2018 Amy lynn Gentile This is horrific !!! Spay and neuter your pets don’t kill the innocent because of your own stupidity
Apr 20, 2018 Jose Ferreyra
Apr 20, 2018 Debra Emery
Apr 20, 2018 Laurie Moss
Apr 20, 2018 Louise Close
Apr 20, 2018 Melissa Harvey
Apr 20, 2018 Susan Amprim This Action And The Stupid Actions Of The People Wanting This Done Really Infuriates Me To No End 😡😓😤😱
Apr 20, 2018 Maty Antón Terren
Apr 20, 2018 oscar naccarato
Apr 20, 2018 shelly bean
Apr 20, 2018 Nichole Miller
Apr 20, 2018 Temma Tainow
Apr 20, 2018 GRAZIA MINARELLI
Apr 20, 2018 Jo Dolittle
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 20, 2018 Kaila Heidemann
Apr 19, 2018 Carla Williams
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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