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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

Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 21, 2018 J L
Jun 21, 2018 Zaida Guerrero
Jun 20, 2018 Jill Madden
Jun 20, 2018 Jill Madden
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Michelle Nelson
Jun 20, 2018 Janis Holloway
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Frederik van der Vyver
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Cherry Fleming
Jun 19, 2018 mary duffy
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Sandra Joy
Jun 19, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Jun 19, 2018 Debora Hull Our pets deserve love, kindness, care. Not death!
Jun 19, 2018 Sue Jackson This is killing not euthanasia.
Jun 19, 2018 Meredith Knee
Jun 19, 2018 carla howard
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Carol Hagarty Unconscionable!!!
Jun 17, 2018 Pamela Perkins This should be OUTLAWED and PUNISHABLE! People who do this should never, ever be allowed to have any more animals, EVER!
Jun 17, 2018 Debbie Christner
Jun 16, 2018 Tracy Hays
Jun 16, 2018 Christine Lynch
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Jude Gorgopa
Jun 15, 2018 Kitty Gamble
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Eleanor Renzulli Something has to be done NOW this all has to stop
Jun 14, 2018 Denise Zamora
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Lauren Facer
Jun 13, 2018 Silvana De Marco
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 12, 2018 Julie Matewicz
Jun 10, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Thomas friedman
Jun 8, 2018 irene jamieson
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 rick morales
Jun 7, 2018 Carol Felicello
Jun 7, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jun 7, 2018 Diana Drummond People who request convenience "euthanasia" should be put to sleep themselves!!!! They are sadistic,cold,selfish,self serving,egotistical, narcissistic, sociopathic, psychopaths!! Euthanasia is the merciful release from suffering. Anything else is MURDER!

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