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Posted: September 22, 2012 in Family

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What Gives Us The Right To Euthanize An Animal?

Who are we to put good, healthy animals down when they could be adopted out to a loving family? This topic really bothers me so I decided to vent a little through this hub. I love animals, cats and dogs alike. I love dogs more than I do cats, but that’s just my own personal opinion and another story altogether. Before I get started, I just want to tell you to get your pets spayed or neutered, especially if you don’t ever plan on breeding them. It is very saddening to see images of dogs about to be euthanized within a matter of hours or even days and knowing it is out of my control to help them. If I could, I would adopt them all!

The Humane Society puts down thousands of dogs every year and why? Because they no longer have the space for them. It saddens me to no end, to know that a dog’s days are numbered. They didn’t ask to be born into a heartless world, to be abused by their owners and abandoned or just given away like an old article of clothing that the owner no longer wants. If you want a pet for a few months, forget it! Your pet, once you buy them, either from a pet store, a professional breeder or the Humane Society is yours for their entire life span. It’s almost like a child in a sense. Would you give away your child or the best friend you could ever hope to have in this entire world? I would hope not. Loyalty is hard to come by, and your pet is your best friend. He doesn’t judge you, laugh at you when you do something stupid, and he doesn’t ask for much in return besides your love. That’s all he wants. Play a little ball, take a run in the doggie park, play frisbee or whatever. All he ever wants is the attention and love of his owner and that would be you.

So what gives us the right to euthanize an animal and play God with his or her life? Animals have rights too. If you have ever seen the ASPCA commercials on television, you will see animals that have lived in deplorable conditions. They are dirty, have matted hair, suffering from heart worms, eye infections and are poorly treated. This commercial makes me cry every time. It is so heart breaking to see animals that have survived this abuse and have been malnourished but still wag their tail when they see you. A human being’s selfish act makes a dog or cat suffer needlessly. Who are we to put a pet down? Honestly, who are we to say what animal gets to live or die on any chosen day? I don’t blame the Humane Society for putting animals down; I actually blame the irresponsible owners for not taking basic responsibility for their own pets. If the pet was spayed or neutered then we wouldn’t have the problem of overpopulation.

Puppy Mills

Puppy mills and breeders who breed animals every time they come into heat aren’t any better than those who abuse their pets. Puppy mills aren’t clean and the animals are lucky to have fresh food and water on a daily basis. For example, one town over from where I live, there was a puppy mill that was all over the news. The breeders were taken to court, and denied the opportunity of getting these animals back into their possession. The breeders had over 200 dogs living together in kennels stacked on top of one another and in cages with filthy newspaper, dirty water and not so fresh food; it actually looked somewhat moldy. Really? Why don’t you go to a restaurant and get served putrid water and moldy food and see if you like it.

In conclusion, please adopt from your local shelter. Give your pet love daily and never take life for granted!


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