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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


Oct 20, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 20, 2017 Leslie Conover
Oct 20, 2017 C. Scott
Oct 20, 2017 maryse fioramonti
Oct 19, 2017 Christiane Santos
Oct 19, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Oct 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) They are not purses or suitcases or toasters! They are living, breathing souls! Treat them with the respect that you would treat any gift from God!
Oct 19, 2017 Sheri Wolaver
Oct 19, 2017 Karen Daley Terrible for any person to be able to kill an animal because of inconvenience. None of these people are decent. Humans should try to find a new owner and other ways to help them find a proper home.
Oct 19, 2017 Stacy Schermerhorn
Oct 19, 2017 Dean OBrien
Oct 19, 2017 kathy MILLER
Oct 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2017 suzanne Lebon stop animal cruelty!!
Oct 19, 2017 Bob Bellamy
Oct 19, 2017 Alson Sachs
Oct 19, 2017 Ronald Brogan
Oct 19, 2017 Annette Utz
Oct 19, 2017 Rachel Collins
Oct 19, 2017 Sue Jackson
Oct 19, 2017 Shawna Boyer Use your intelligent brain and come up with better solutions
Oct 18, 2017 Shawna Camara
Oct 18, 2017 emme g
Oct 18, 2017 charlsy HUNEYCUTT
Oct 18, 2017 Cindy rasque
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 17, 2017 Doug Mead
Oct 16, 2017 M. Estella
Oct 16, 2017 Natasha Moore
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 susan munro
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Oct 14, 2017 Rosa Corgatelli
Oct 14, 2017 Don Wilson
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Carolyn Smith
Oct 13, 2017 Paula Keenum
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Oct 13, 2017 Antoinette Soderholm
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 Maryann Holtsclaw
Oct 12, 2017 Haley Svec
Oct 12, 2017 kimm runnoe
Oct 11, 2017 GIGI LIEBENTHAL
Oct 10, 2017 Catherine Webster
Oct 10, 2017 Roberta Cahill
Oct 10, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Oct 10, 2017 Laura Prohaska

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