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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 16, 2018 Michelle Franca
Jul 16, 2018 Pauline Cranston
Jul 16, 2018 Ofelia Lam
Jul 16, 2018 Patricia Cummings
Jul 16, 2018 Laura Nicholas
Jul 16, 2018 Kim Delmonico
Jul 16, 2018 Sybille Gulde Gerechtigkeit für die Tiere, auch Sie haben das Recht auf Leben ohne Qual und Tod, wie der Mensch. Wir Leben doch nicht mehr im Mittelalter
Jul 16, 2018 Shelley Richins This should never be allowed to happen, and all vets should refuse to do it
Jul 16, 2018 Felicia Weiner Do not license veterinarians who engage in the practice of "convenience euthanasia". This practice is cruel & unethical. Protect pets, esp. the discarded ones. That is your DUTY. Do NO harm.
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Jul 16, 2018 Donna Erie
Jul 16, 2018 Lana La Fata
Jul 16, 2018 miss y
Jul 16, 2018 Maureen Phinney
Jul 16, 2018 Jean Burnside
Jul 16, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Jul 16, 2018 Karisma Juj
Jul 16, 2018 Sam Allen Animals are not disposable ffs! You wouldn't do this to children once they start playing up so why allow this to happen to pets? When you take responsibility for an animal it's a lifetime commitment
Jul 16, 2018 pascal chevassu
Jul 16, 2018 Veronica Prince
Jul 15, 2018 Linda Kneib
Jul 15, 2018 iva pivanti
Jul 15, 2018 Jacqueline Godbout
Jul 15, 2018 Elaine Brown
Jul 15, 2018 Elisabeth Peñalver
Jul 15, 2018 Miroslava Viveros
Jul 15, 2018 June Smith
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Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 shirley lin
Jul 15, 2018 Beverly Schwarz
Jul 15, 2018 Kathy Williams
Jul 15, 2018 Mariam Andalibi
Jul 15, 2018 Andrea Kendall
Jul 15, 2018 Jane Morse
Jul 15, 2018 jeannine montel
Jul 15, 2018 Gary Elshaw
Jul 15, 2018 carol micek
Jul 15, 2018 linda biondi
Jul 15, 2018 Natasha Bridger
Jul 15, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
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Jul 15, 2018 Tamara Teter
Jul 15, 2018 Christine Susi
Jul 15, 2018 Simon Adams
Jul 15, 2018 Judith Waite

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