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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

Feb 19, 2018 Cynthia Solomon
Feb 18, 2018 shelley Stierli
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Dankmeyer
Feb 17, 2018 Claudia Jarrett
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Connie Hope-Bly
Feb 16, 2018 Dana Norton
Feb 16, 2018 Virginia Cassidy
Feb 15, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Feb 14, 2018 dawn mckinney
Feb 14, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Feb 14, 2018 Joe Zavis
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 William LAURENCIN
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Hoskins
Feb 13, 2018 Anne Prost
Feb 13, 2018 Gina Lippa
Feb 13, 2018 Evelyn Chapple
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Pra df
Feb 12, 2018 Laurie Weekly
Feb 12, 2018 Keith Cliver The owners who request this should NEVER be allowed to own ANY animal.
Feb 12, 2018 Kathy Crane This is a barbaric practice and people, most assuredly veterinarians, should be ashamed and abhorred by it.
Feb 12, 2018 Lee Michales
Feb 12, 2018 Toni Mazella
Feb 12, 2018 mary blanford
Feb 11, 2018 Colleen Maloney
Feb 11, 2018 Michael Collier
Feb 11, 2018 Jeanette Fizer
Feb 11, 2018 Jean Wood Save animals if they have life still in them some people are heartless in with the new out with the old that's not right for innocent animals
Feb 11, 2018 Benita Klein We need more laws that protect innocent animals and we need to stop killing those in shelters. Those of you in prominent positions need to do more.
Feb 11, 2018 Mindy Griffis
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Elba Bond
Feb 11, 2018 Nancy Coggshall
Feb 11, 2018 Janet Pursell
Feb 11, 2018 Bobbie Laffrey
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Connie Lane Please stop this horrible practice
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Find them homes
Feb 11, 2018 Donna Miesner Save these pets!!!!!!!
Feb 11, 2018 Leigh Martin What is wrong with people? Don't get a pet if you don't intend to love them and keep them their whole lives.
Feb 10, 2018 Jo Russell
Feb 10, 2018 Kathy Halbert

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