euthenasia (of animals)
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|Sat, 06-09-2007 - 5:53pm|
So I was watching tv last night and it sparked me to thinking (usually a dangerous thing, I always tell my husband that leaving a woman to her thoughts can be dangerous lol). Anyway I was watching animal planet. I am an animal lover. I was watching animal heros phonix and there was a case in which they rescued 49 dogs from the home of a dog hoarder. The animal cop said that since a lot of them were older and inbred and had health and behavior issues that many of them may have to be euthenised.
Now my whole life I was taught that abortion was wrong. And now I am pro-choice. So last night I was thinking about animals being put to sleep and that I have never had a problem with an animal being humanely euthenised (I mean unless they are being put to sleep just because the owner doesn't want them anymore). In fact growing up we had at least a few animals that I can remember that were put to sleep due to health reasons. One was a beloved dog who kept bloating and had unsuccessful surgeries to fix the problem, one a cat who had feline lukemia, and one (the hardest one of all) was my sisters dear cat who had kidney failure. So my parents had made the decision to instead of letting them suffer to put them down.
So like usual I have a thread that I am not sure where I am going. I guess I was just thinking that growing up in the religion that I grew up in that taught that taking a life was wrong, why did they not have a problem with humanely ending a suffering animal's life?
I mean OF COURSE I place more importance on a human life but a lot of people with pets consider their pets to be members of their family. Would they chose to end the life of a human family member?
And for the families that chose to have an abortion because of a disease or defect, is that more humane than having a child that could spend their whole life (whether long or short) suffering?
So I am sorry if this was not a very well formed post. I just like to read how other people think and your opinions on this.
I do know that if I had a pet that was suffering and there was no fix and it would not have a good quality of life I would put it to sleep, but I still do not know what I would do if I found out that I was pregnant with a baby that had the disease that my sister has (Muscular Dystrophy).