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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

Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
Jul 21, 2018 D Young
Jul 21, 2018 rose bell
Jul 21, 2018 mariana schuman
Jul 20, 2018 Grace Drummond
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Jul 20, 2018 Jasmina Georgovska
Jul 20, 2018 Renee Shipley
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 20, 2018 Michela Meini
Jul 19, 2018 Theresa Thornburg
Jul 19, 2018 Cheryl Sickler
Jul 19, 2018 TERRE SIMONS Good homes can be found for the pets not wanted.
Jul 19, 2018 Marie Cnudde
Jul 19, 2018 Peggy Dimitrakopoulou
Jul 19, 2018 Lily Kazantzi
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Julie T.
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 19, 2018 Tanya Almazova
Jul 18, 2018 Kelsey Kennedy
Jul 18, 2018 Raymond Ng
Jul 18, 2018 Cynthia Lee
Jul 18, 2018 María del Pilar Pego
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Jul 18, 2018 Silvia Pereira
Jul 18, 2018 Kelly Bula
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Jul 18, 2018 Kristin Campbell
Jul 18, 2018 Julia Ruggiero
Jul 18, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jul 17, 2018 Liliana Florea
Jul 17, 2018 Evgenia Vyatchanin
Jul 17, 2018 Amalia Lelo de Larrea
Jul 17, 2018 Pam Miner
Jul 17, 2018 Pat Mesdir
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 nina Van Duyne
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Reisdorf
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt People like this need to be put in prison!
Jul 17, 2018 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 17, 2018 erin craig
Jul 17, 2018 Kelly Twat
Jul 17, 2018 Carol Costello
Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Salivar-Keene
Jul 17, 2018 Vincenzo Taffoni
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