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Old 28th September 2003, 04:51 PM
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Is putting your dog to sleep moral?

Hi - I am a new member and have a need to ask this question - it's bothering me profoundly and need some Christian guidance. Is it moral and ethical and ok if you are a Christian to put your dog to sleep? It pains me tremendously - she was part of my family and it just hurts so much that she is gone. Was it ok for her to be put to sleep? She was so sick but I need some guidance. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask but I am so sad I don;t know what else to do.
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Old 28th September 2003, 04:58 PM
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You, know to me it really is somewhat parallel to the question about pulling life support for people.

I believe that if you feel the situation has gotten to a pretty grieviously low point in thier life and there is 5% or less chance of recovery (or even if it's going to be super expensive and only allow a very short amount of time) then really it is time.

Once it's time, it's hard to argue it. It's hard to argue for longer life if the quality is not going to be there also.
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Although we may have strong feelings for our pets, they are not human.
The only time killing or harming animals would be immoral is if it is out of anger or rage. Even then, its not the feelings towards the animal which is immoral - its merely the welling up of rage and anger inside ourselves which is immoral.

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I disagree.

Proverbs 12:10
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
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I never understood how people could say that it is okay to hurt animals because they are not human. To me it would only be a slight extension to say, it is okay to hurt others because they are not me.

I think putting down a dog is alright, frankly it is more humane than some of the things we subject or fellow people to. Heck they can even be the ones to initiate the idea of euthanasia and they still can't get their wish.
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My aunt has had 3 dogs in the past 6 years. Two of them were very nice (a beagle and a doberman mix)... I was very attached to them. One got killed by a car... but ther other was put to sleep because they didn't want him anymore.

There was nothing wrong with him. He was a friendly, loving dog.
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Originally Posted by revolutio
I never understood how people could say that it is okay to hurt animals because they are not human. To me it would only be a slight extension to say, it is okay to hurt others because they are not me.

I think putting down a dog is alright, frankly it is more humane than some of the things we subject or fellow people to. Heck they can even be the ones to initiate the idea of euthanasia and they still can't get their wish.
Are you a vegetarian?

It is not okay to hurt others (humans) because it is against God's command: "Love one another".

It is definitely acceptable to kill other animals and plantlife for our necessity.

We need to "kill" other animals and plants to for sustinence. Does killing them "hurt" them - I suppose it does.

Being unnecessarily cruel to animals is another story.

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Old 29th September 2003, 02:41 PM
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animals do have a soul,which is the life of the body.but they do not have a spirit which is our link to God and is eternal.the soul dies when the body dies.we are to protect animals from abuse and suffering.it is an act of kindness to relieve our pets from physical suffering if there is no chance of recovery.since animals do not have an eternal spirit it is not immoral to end their suffering but an act of love to have them put to sleep.
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Old 29th September 2003, 04:27 PM
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christianbeginning, I believe that it is sometimes okay to put down an old, suffering animal who has lived a full life and can't be helped again. My 20 yo cat had a stroke that left her immobalized. I had her put to sleep that afternoon. The alternative was to let her slowly die in pain, unable to lift her body out of her own feces or drink water on her own. Although I miss her horribly, I don't have any doubts about what I did.

I'm sorry you are hurting so much. We do become so attached to our animals, and these decisions can be very hard.

I think the best thing you can do now is recognize that you made the best choice you could at the time, forgive yourself, and move on without feeling guilt or recriminiation. Everyday we all face situations where we just do the best we can with what we have -- and thats what you did that with your pet. Its probably time to grieve and work toward moving on, but I don't think you need to add to guilt to your grief at this point. I know that you made your choice out of love for your dog, and that counts for a lot.
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Sometimes you have to make hard choices. If I were in a position where I was going to die a slow, unavoidable, painful death I'd hope somebody would be merciful enough to finish me off.

It's one of those situations where there is no happy ending no matter what you do. You can either let the fatally injured suffer until they die or humanely end their suffering in the best way possible. Granted if they say they want to live then you can't outright kill them, but in cases where the person can't communicate or is an animal somebody else with legal authority to decide for that person has to make the decision.
 


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