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Animal advocates say healthy pets are being euthanized for their owners' convenience


Animal advocates in Canada are calling for an end to the practice of euthanizing animals simply because they've become inconvenient for an owner, a practice that veterinarians say is an unfortunate fact of the job, the Globe and Mail reported.

Vet associations say fewer and fewer vets are willing to perform such a procedure, but the profession does not prohibit it. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association guidelines don't specifically address this practice, but do say that the "human euthanasia of animals is an ethical veterinary procedure." 

CMVA President Dr. Troy Bourque believes there are still veterinarians out there who would be fine undertaking such a procedure. 

“I personally don’t know of any veterinarian that would euthanize an animal based on convenience but I’m sure they’re out there,” he said in a phone interview with the Globe and Mail. 

Dr. Frank Richardson, president of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medicine Association, said that the responsibility to discuss such issues lies squarely with veterinarians themselves. 

“I hate to say it and I don’t mean it derogatorily, but in some instances some owners consider them as disposable,” he said. “I’m not saying it doesn’t (happen) but ... society has changed their outlook on pets... that request is happening less and less,” said Richardson. 

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