One of the most widely debated topics in the animal industry is euthanasia. The topic of euthanasia causes arguments around the world because the word takes the best of the emotional side of human nature causing the people against euthanasia to feel that it is inhumane, unfair, and a sin to euthanize animals for any reason. In a way these emotional feelings overcome the human mind thus stop them from thinking logically. Even though the word euthanasia can have several meanings throughout different dictionaries, there is only one origination of the word which is from the Greek word “eu” meaning good and “thanatos” meaning death; when combined together the word means good death. This meaning is the true meaning of the word, created by our ancestors to distinguish this word separately and to not confuse the word with such words as murder, suicide, and etcetera. However, today’s society forgets to acknowledge this fact and comes up with variations of words that do not give the word its proper meaning. One example of this would be to link euthanasia with “assisted suicide”. Euthanasia and “assisted suicide” mean the total opposite, since assisted suicide is the act of an individual to help another individual do something against there best interest, where as euthanasia is for the individuals best interest meaning good death.
After knowing the actual meaning of the word lots of people start to understand the good behind taking the animals life away if it is sick. They then start to argue by thinking of the millions of animals that are being euthanized for various different reasons. The people then start to say such things as, how can taking a life of an animal be for the best interest of the animal?
Even though there were 2.7 million animals that were euthanized for various different reasons it is good that they were euthanized because if they weren’t then they would have been lonely, since according to the statistics they would have most likely not...
Research Paper: EuthanasiaEuthanasia
A topic that has been pressing for the past couple of decades has been the ethical/immoral use of ‘Euthanasia’. For those who don’t know, Euthanasia is defined as the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection “ Actively” or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment” Passively” (Manning 1998). This leads me to ask myself a question, “Is Euthanasia an ethical request to end pain, and suffering, or just a poor admit to commit suicide?” People argue that euthanasia is conflicting with a person’s right to life. A person’s right to life is a phrase that describes the belief that a human being has an essential right to live. This means that by saying that someone should be euthanized, we are violating this right to life and it is immoral. In turn, there are some instances where Euthanasia makes sense, we don’t want to see our loved in pain right?
On October 27, 1997 Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act which allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose. To understand the impact of the piece of legislation being passed, one must understand the consent debate over this topic. These past couple of...
...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 making a good house pet and becoming an important part of an owner’s life.
Most dogs that are being euthanized each year are not even suffering from any illnesses and are not aggressive either. They are just unlucky. The reasoning that is given by these shelters committing these vile acts is that there is an overpopulation of dogs in their shelters and not enough homes for all of them so they have no choice. The problem with this picture is the fact that many of these shelters breed dogs for the sole purpose of having them sold. Many of these dogs are being sold for sums well over a thousand dollars. The dogs that they are not able to sell are sent to shelters. These shelters fill up quickly...
...Running Head: Decreasing AnimalEuthanasia Page 1
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Decreasing AnimalEuthanasia Page 2
Decreasing AnimalEuthanasiaAnimalEuthanasia is looked at in many different aspects and can be seen as a beneficial act or completely evil. Some may need to euthanize their animal for health issues, while others are just euthanizing their animal because they can't take care of them and nobody is willing to adopt. Euthanasia occurs daily, with innocent animals losing their lives because of our local animal shelters being over-crowded. Why is this? Well, many adopters are not responsible enough to take care of their animals in general, along with getting them spayed and neutered. Approximately 5 to 7 millions animals enter animal shelters annually, and about 3 to 4 million end up euthanized. (ASPCA, n.d.) This is a prime example of a huge issue that needs to be paid attention to. These animals are having to lose their lives not because they are cruel, dangerous animals, but simply that our shelters are not...
Anh Minh Le
AnimalEuthanasia : should or should not ?
Death of any type is always a controversial issue whenever debated. This natural process attracts our human-being’s curiousness and raises millions of unanswered questions, such as what do we actually feel before we die or is there any possibility to avoid it? In general, we can roughly come up with an conclusion that no one prefer “dying” to “living”, or like Eleanor Roosevelt stated: “One must never, for whatever reason, turn one’s back on life”. However, that leads to a new recent modern matter : Euthanasia – the mercy killing. It may be considered as a fair action because the victim still has the right to decide whether to accept it or not. But let’s ponder for a second. Euthanasia it’s not that narrow and specific, it’s not on only human. What if it is applied for animals? Unlike us, those animals- normally are pets or members of the zoos don’t have the right to keep their lives or die in an unexpected way. Many animal right activists opposed this - what they called an inhuman action, but the others have plenty of contrary ideas. They argue that is necessary for terminally ill patients, or a good way to control the population.
To begin with, let’s explore more about this “animaleuthanasia”. This is the act of humanely putting an...
...Euthanasia as a Global Issue
Euthanasia is a very sensitive and controversial topic which exists today. It expresses the weakness of human life, as seen in the Terri Schiavo case. Furthermore, if this sacred gift of life is taken away and individuals are ridded of their freedom, we as humans are not following in the footsteps of God. Also, individuals themselves, along with the afflicted, experience dire consequences, such as grief, remorse, guilt and redemption. In executing a philosophical approach, theorists also disagree with assisted suicide. Thus, the practice of euthanasia is immoral as it opposes humans’ rights of freedom, Catholic and theoretical views against mercy killing, as well as the passions and opinions of others.
Individuals’ rights are restricted in some cases, specifically when the victim is helpless. Terri Schiavo, a victim of euthanasia had been diagnosed with severe potassium deficiency. As a result of unwillingness to look after herself, her husband Michael decided to have her feeding tube removed. In doing so, helpless Terri died of “malnutrition and dehydration”. To many, this is seen as murder; to others, a restriction of Terri’s rights. Terri experienced irreversible brain damage, which left her “unable to think, feel, see or interact in any way with her environment”. Regardless of whether or not she had the ability to decide to live, her husband had no right to take her life. Terri...
...he subject that I will choose to write about is mercy killing. Mercy killing is the killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease, with the approval of the patient. This issue has been a controversial one as religiously; one human cannot determine the right for another human to die. But many people are against the law banning mercy killing. This is because there are many patients that have been in comas for over 10 years and the family is choosing to end the life of a patient that is in a vegetating state to end his/her misery. I want to write about this topic to inform people that deciding to end a person’s life should be a decision the patient mhe subject that I will choose to write about is mercy killing. Mercy killing is the killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease, with the approval of the patient. This issue has been a controversial one as religiously; one human cannot determine the right for another human to die. But many people are against the law banning mercy killing. This is because there are many patients that have been in comas for over 10 years and the family is choosing to end the life of a patient that is in a vegetating state to end his/her misery. I want to write about this topic to inform people that deciding to end a person’s life should be a decision the patient makes and not the governments. And if the patient is unable to speak, then it should be a shared decision between the family and doctors....
General Purpose: To Persuade
Specific Purpose: I want to persuade my audience to be against euthanasia.
Thesis: Legalizing Euthanasia
In Hippocratic Oath, Hippocrates as a father of medicine swears, “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan” (National Library of Medicine, p. 6). In other words, Hippocrates was against euthanasia. According to the Dictionary.com the definition of euthanasia is “the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially painful, disease or condition” (Dictionary.com, p.1). It is also called a mercy killing, some people think that this is a good decision and some don’t. I personally, believe that this is not right; an individual should go into the afterlife naturally.
1. On one side there are people that justify this act as helping a terminally ill individual end his/her sufferings. For example, when an individual was in a house fire and burnt sixty percent of his skin and is going to die but he chooses euthanasia in order to stop the pain. In that case he will die eventually and there are many painkillers that can soothe his pain and help him spend more time with his family. Another case is when a person has been in vegetative state for a long time and...
...Involvement of Nurses In Euthanasia
Nurses have a responsibility to examine how they feel about euthanasia, about the processes available today for extending life, and whether their patients have a right to choose their own fate. Although nurses worldwide are confronted with euthanasia requests from patients under their care, rarely are their opinions considered in the decision making process. “To develop clear guidelines on the role of nurses ineuthanasia, it is essential to consider fully the viewpoint of nurses, given their daily interactions with dying patients and their expertise in caring for them” (Verpoort & Gastmans, 2006, p. 188) Nurses are involved in various phases of the euthanasia process such as viewing the request for euthanasia, managing decision making, discharging out euthanasia, and the aftercare for the patient’s family. Nurses have a professional responsibility to stay reliably informed about the ethical, legal, cultural and clinical implications of euthanasia.
Ethical Implications of Euthanasia
Nurses have obligation to provide care to patient and the family.. There are several factors when we consider it as ethical issue .Patient Autonomy or Self-determinism pays respect to an individual's personal values and enables the individual to be responsible for his or her own life. Patient autonomy automatically includes the...