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  1. You are right Michael, it’s not euthanasia, it’s killing!
    Euthanasia is a gentle death to release an animal from suffering, killing a healthy animal is murder!

  2. No apology necessary for the article, Michael. I’m home now and about as sane as I ever was!

    Anyway, euthanasia for convenience is so commonplace that, I think, lots of people see it as normal.
    Shelters, ofcourse, are the worse offenders but have the law on their side.
    But, many people do it themselves still. They’ll shoot their poor chained dogs. The hunters in the national forest near me shoot theirs also or just leave them behind to starve once hunting season is over. Some still drown litters of kittens. I was told that a man in my neighborhood placed a litter of kittens in a sealed box and ran a hose from his car exhaust pipe to the box.

    On a lighter side, I had the privilege of hearing my vet having a brief and angry conversation with a woman who brought her dog in to be euthanized. It was an active and healthy looking mix about 5 years old. The lady was leaving on a lengthy vacation out of country and felt euthanization was the easiest and cheapest way to solve the problem of what to do with her dog. My vet told her, clearly, that he would never consider putting an animal down for convenience AND, if that was the best idea she could come up with, then she should never have pets. She stormed off with her dog. But, I would bet my life that she found a vet, amongst the 50 -60 around here that accomodated her.

    • lots of people see it as normal.

      This is correct. Euthanasia of companion animals is normalised in some households. It is all about how you relate to your cat or dog. Some people still live in the dark ages in their relationship with cats and dogs. Go back hundreds of years for the same attitude.

      The lady was leaving on a lengthy vacation out of country and felt euthanization was the easiest and cheapest way to solve the problem of what to do with her dog.

      This is a proper vet although he or she probably declaws. Does he? Anyway good for him. Well done. He wasn’t chasing money. This is a classic and pure example of “euthanasia of convenience”, the great disaster of the domestication of the cat and dog.

        • Dr. Kramar should be put on a pedestal. A wreath should be put on his head and rose petals showered over him. He should be worshipped as a God and he should be given the equivalent of a knighthood in America and made the chief executive of the AVMA… and more…. 😉 Sorry got carried away slightly.

          • LOL! He is a very old southern gentleman and has many years of experience with all animals including livestock and horses. He doesn’t believe in declawing, tail docking, ear cropping…
            I can hear him saying, “Tarnation, Dee, the way God made them is good enough, Girl!

            • the way God made them is good enough, Girl

              I can hear that accent myself. He is the old school. He sounds like a God fearing man, stepped in good old fashioned values.

              I like that “tamation” word. Makes me laugh.

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