Animal Euthanasia Essay

1658 Words Nov 12th, 2010 7 Pages
To Kill or Not To Kill In the past few decades, there has been a big uproar regarding the topic of euthanasia in dogs. Euthanasia used to be a term used to end the suffering of a life by putting them in a painless and permanent state of sleep. I believe that today, the term ‘euthanasia’ when referred to dogs has transformed to a word used to justify the mass murder of dogs across the world. Most people will agree that the only time a dog should be put down is when it is sick or suffering from pain. I believe that if a dog is euthanized for any other reason, the person in control is guilty of committing an abominable act. They do not call dogs “mans’ best friend” for nothing. With proper training, every single dog has the potential of …show more content…
The problem is the lack of education dog owners have about altering their dogs. If the benefits were understood, more people would be altering their dogs.

Euthanasia should be thought upon and observed very carefully before being put to use. It used to be a treatment but is now mostly used as a weapon to kill. . In the Irish Veterinary Journal, Pete Wedderburn believes “…the government ought to proceed with compulsory micro chipping, a license for life and a discounted license fee for neutered pets” (Wedderburn 530). This is one way to really help lower the number of dogs being euthanized. Furthermore, it will be thought upon twice before euthanizing a dog since the dog is now neutered and will not be able to produce more dogs. Not allowing a dog to reproduce may be a bit cruel but a big step towards lowering the kill rate. Having the dog micro chipped and placed inside a database will also help influence the decision of a shelter or breeder of whether or not to put down a dog. There are numerous pet owners surrendering their dog due to personal reasons and inadequacy in taking responsibility for their dogs. This also adds to the overpopulation of dogs.

According to a survey conducted by the American Humane Association, out of the 1000 shelters who responded to the survey, 2.7 million of 4.3 million animals (64 percent) are being euthanized. Out of this euthanized number, 56
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