2.Dean A. Ayers,Euthanasia is ‘Unethical’ for Dogs or Cats, as a Socialized Health Care Solution
In the United States today, there are nearly four million animals that are homeless.
Animal shelters have been taking steps to reduce that number, some ways which are positive and
some that are negative. One of the ways is to put the animals through “euthanasia”, which kills
them. Animal shelters should not put animals that are healthy and can be cured of sicknesses
Euthanasia is when a pet owner or animal shelter worker puts an animal “down” and kills
it. There are three different methods animal shelters use to put down animals. One is with the
dose of a poison called sodium pentobarbital, which is injected through the heart or leg.
This is the most popular mean of ending an animal’s life. The animal is usually put to sleep
before the procedure without painkillers, and the needle is stabbed into the heart or leg. The
process is usually traumatizing for the pet, the veterinarian and anybody else there. Certain
animals wake up when they feel the pain and start to struggle and fight the vet, or may need
another injection due to weight. (Ayers)
Another type of euthanasia is carbon monoxide gassing. Animals are put into a gas
chamber, which come in all sizes, and a hose is attached to the chamber and the carbon
monoxide is released. The animals will usually scream and fight to get out until they fall asleep,
which takes seven minutes. In about twenty to twenty-five minutes the animals are dead.
The process causes muscular spasms and convulsions to the animals, and in certain gas chambers
the animals watch other animals die next to them. This process is not humane in any way, or
peaceful for the poor animals. Many animal shelters are against this practice, but there are still
some left in the US. A video from the 1990’s shows “The Kill Box” at the Yadkin County, North
Carolina animal shelter. “Viewers watch as two men load several dogs into a metal box. The men
attach a hose to the box, turn on the "poison gas" and wait until the animals, crowded into this
box, perish. The men then load puppies into the box, on top of the already dead animals and start
the process again.”(Peta)
The last techniques of putting an animal down are electrocution or decompression.
Electrocution, is obviously very painful and inhumane to animals. Decompression chambers
make the gases in animals' sinuses, middle ears, and intestines expand quickly, causing
considerable discomfort or severe pain. These practices may still be used in the US today. (Peta)
Twenty-eight to twenty-two million cats and dogs have been euthanized since
2000. That means 21917 dogs and cats a day 913 every hour. Animals that have been abused, in
dog fighting, puppies and kittens in boxes, and animals that were abandoned by their owners are
being euthanized, because people couldn’t be responsible and care for their pets correctly.
Humans treat dogs and cats like stuffed animals, not like a living animal that has needs and
feelings. What if people killed human orphans because nobody would adopt them? People have
been letting animals starve, run loose in their towns and using them as toys for years.(Katana936)
There is such a thing as a puppy mill, or in other words, a puppy factory. These places
breed dogs for pet stores in deplorable conditions such as cramped wire cages with no human
interaction except for feeding. Their cages are coated in feces and urine, they have unacceptable
drinking water, no feeding at all or bad food, and no veterinary care. Often times, dead puppies
are left in cages with other puppies that may not be noticed for days, due to diseases and
sicknesses that go unnoticed. The puppies that die or are not good enough are killed and thrown
away into the same place where our garbage goes. The dogs that come from these places are
emotionally scarred and may be afraid of the humans that adopt them and can even be afraid of
the outside world, since they have never seen it.(Rottweilerv)
After a dog’s fertility wanes, breeding animals are often killed, abandoned or sold
cheaply to another mill to try and get one more litter out of the dog. Many of these dogs spend
their whole life in a cage until their death and never know the feeling of being loved by a human.
Also, the puppies that have health problems due to the bad conditions are killed because pet
stores will not take them. Pet Stores are cruel to buy from these puppy factories and people
shouldn’t buy from them either. People should take action to shut down these factories and begin
buying from shelters. Plenty of animals at shelters are purebred, and if they aren’t, they are still
lovable and just as good. (Humane society)
There are countless animals that are homeless on the street because people throw them
out, they run away and cannot be found, are the litter of strays, or are just not wanted. That is
why people should take the steps to prevent this from happening. A few steps that could be taken
are to spay and neuter pets to avoid unwanted litters, license all pets with ID tags that have the
owner’s name and contact info, donate animals that can be used to be guide dogs for the
handicapped, and only animals that are sick, injured, or dying should be euthanized. Some
animal shelters are euthanizing animals because they have run out of room and cannot keep
all of the animals that come in humanely. If they tried to keep all of the animals they would not
have enough resources to afford the food, care and attention the animals need. If people could
adopt more animals it would save them from being euthanized. People can also sign pledges to
not buy from puppy mills, and to stop animal cruelty. Many animal advocates such as the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and World Wildlife Federation (WWF) try to protect animals
and do all they can to help them. You can become a member of these groups and help them take
action by signing petitions, donating money and signing pledges. (Aspca) (YouTube)
Euthanasia is obviously not the only problem that America faces over the care of animals,
The way we treat animals could be greatly changed if people would take action and prevent
animals from having to live such horrible lives. America is a place based on greed and
materialism. Just because a puppy isn’t the cutest puppy doesn’t mean it should die. What the
animals of America are experiencing now is almost like genocide. If humans are the highest
species, why can’t they be responsible and treat pets the way they should be treated?
The truth is that some Americans cannot even care for a child correctly, how could they
care for an animal that needs just as much attention and love? Hopefully the issue of animal
overpopulation will be solved in some way other than euthanasia. For the sake of the millions of
poor animals dying each day in America, people will understand that hurting animals,
abandoning and euthanizing them when they do not deserve to die is wrong. We should cherish
the creatures that unconditionally love and forgive us for our mistakes. Having a pet is not as
simple as buying a toy and leaving it when you’re done with it, pets are just as important as
children. Soon, America will see the error of its ways and stop the cruelty and unnecessary
deaths of those so many people adore, our pets.
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