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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

Apr 26, 2018 Denise Violante
Apr 26, 2018 Aurora Bulea
Apr 26, 2018 Evi Esteves
Apr 26, 2018 Patricia Compton
Apr 26, 2018 Patricia Nicolella
Apr 26, 2018 gary joseph
Apr 26, 2018 Catherine Reid
Apr 26, 2018 Stephanie Johnson
Apr 26, 2018 Robin Allen
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Bettina Roeder
Apr 26, 2018 Karen Esposito
Apr 26, 2018 Diane Berliner
Apr 26, 2018 Karen Rowe This is a horrible alternative to finding a new home for the animal. How can a veterinarian in good conscience do this?
Apr 26, 2018 Fanny Barthelemy
Apr 26, 2018 Cara Curtis
Apr 26, 2018 Nancy Mangle
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Ruth Ann Schmidt
Apr 26, 2018 linda wiggins this is madness. Would you put your child to sleep because it misbehaved. Time to treat animals with love and caring not to be tossed because of some stupid inconvenience.
Apr 26, 2018 Dorota Wysoczynska
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Babara Winski
Apr 26, 2018 Maria Papastamatiou
Apr 26, 2018 Doris Pacitto
Apr 26, 2018 JOANN WARNER
Apr 26, 2018 JOANN WARNER
Apr 26, 2018 mandy lowe
Apr 26, 2018 Christina Leavell
Apr 26, 2018 Nevena Barberić
Apr 26, 2018 Sue Miezio A pet is a family member for life. You don't or would not do this to your own children so why would you do this to a 4 legged fur baby. This should be outlawed in all states, and vets that are willing to do this should not be vets or allowed to be vets.
Apr 26, 2018 JoAnne Turpin This should be illegal. If people no longer want their pet they can make a huge donation to a shelter to keep the pet for them and to rehome the pet, but pets are not disposable pens and this is inexcusable. Any vet doing this should lose their job.
Apr 26, 2018 Darla Shelton
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Massimo Savigni
Apr 26, 2018 Leigh Stanton
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Robin Shepard
Apr 26, 2018 Santos Campoz
Apr 26, 2018 Barbara Jewell
Apr 26, 2018 Josselinne Valladares
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Cheryl Bamber
Apr 26, 2018 Gillian King
Apr 26, 2018 Eileen Janowsky
Apr 26, 2018 Reidun Carstens
Apr 26, 2018 iris jahnke
Apr 26, 2018 Gabriele Naumann

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