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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

Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) HEALTHY animals have no say in how their lives will end .... we shouldn't either.
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 13, 2017 Yvonne Lopes
Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 Christine Cogliandro
Dec 12, 2017 Meher Behrana
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Kelli Kristan
Dec 12, 2017 Sarah Bernhardt Disgusting selfish people. They should be put down.
Dec 12, 2017 Kris Lauria
Dec 12, 2017 Linda Chan
Dec 12, 2017 Ilyse Figueroa
Dec 12, 2017 Jeri Westrom
Dec 12, 2017 Sabrina Rada
Dec 12, 2017 ANNA BARRANCO
Dec 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Nikki Haas
Dec 12, 2017 Alrta Wildon
Dec 12, 2017 Sandra Davies
Dec 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop this euthanasia...
Dec 11, 2017 calvin ericksonT This should never have been legal.Vets that dont strongly oppose to this and refuse to perform this are not someone pet parents should even let have a license
Dec 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2017 Karyn Palmer
Dec 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2017 Donald Wedekind
Dec 11, 2017 Susan Gardner This is criminal ! It should be punishable by time in prison
Dec 11, 2017 Lynda Crocker MY HEART
Dec 11, 2017 Sally Walker
Dec 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2017 Janeen Smith
Dec 11, 2017 Caroline Hobbs
Dec 11, 2017 Pauline Thomson
Dec 11, 2017 Rita McNany This is horribly tragic!
Dec 11, 2017 Lydia Cunanan
Dec 10, 2017 Suzanne Askey Killing a healthy pet is a crime if an average person does it, it should also be a crime to kill a healthy animal if a vet does it. This practice needs to be stopped.
Dec 10, 2017 Michel Marsh With the technology there is today, there is absolutely NO reason for animal testing/cruelty.
Dec 10, 2017 Mindy Hoburg
Dec 10, 2017 Gretchen Carvajal
Dec 10, 2017 Andrea Yanez
Dec 10, 2017 Tatyana Mitnik
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Natalie Chu
Dec 10, 2017 joe richards
Dec 10, 2017 Barbara Partyka
Dec 10, 2017 Dawn Wait
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Alysha Zgrabik

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