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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

May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Kristina Sedic
May 19, 2018 Ray Kowalski
May 19, 2018 Carla-Marie Vincent
May 19, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Danielle Eshuis
May 18, 2018 Karen Myers
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May 18, 2018 Susan Diller
May 18, 2018 Wendy Springstead
May 18, 2018 lucianne lavin
May 18, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Betty Delman
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Doradean Correia
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 laura boragina maybe we should start putting down humans for convience......
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Lorna Soto
May 18, 2018 LOIS BALL
May 17, 2018 mary windebank
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Stephanie McDonald
May 17, 2018 Tina Rhea
May 17, 2018 Laurie Levitt
May 16, 2018 Isadora Almaro
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Diana Bode
May 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2018 Pam Wallace
May 16, 2018 Carol McMahon
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Myrian Monnet
May 15, 2018 G L Sanchez-Levine
May 15, 2018 Cindy Kerwin
May 15, 2018 Gail Hanford
May 15, 2018 Erika Howards
May 15, 2018 Lori Colon
May 15, 2018 Ramona Blankinship
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Cheryl Craven
May 15, 2018 Cindy Grove
May 15, 2018 Erika Zemmol
May 15, 2018 Anna Ott
May 15, 2018 Laurie Franklin

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