Euthanasia**Trigger warning and mature content**

First thing I’m going to say is if any abusive comments are left I will publicly dress you down for it in a very nasty way while also proving that I’m better then you. My comments here are my person opinions that have not changed since I was young and arguments against my support of euthanasia have done little more then irritate me, it’s my personal experiences that have shaped this support. I want to clearly state that I’m not against life, I hate war and pointless death however I do hate pain and suffering that is inescapable and is prolonged for what seems to be a very selfish reason.

Obviously it’s this is something that I’ve thought about a lot and it’s a modern philosophical debate that includes all sorts of different factions of the community, so why am I bring it up now? Today I had the unfortunate and devastating experience of  euthanising my guniea pig Aphrodite, whom I loved very much and I do still love her so much so that I’m going to cremate her(the company is picking her up tomorrow). This of course brought up some pretty passionate feelings in both my dad and I. Aphrodite was dieing of lymphoma, she had taken a turn for the worst and it was causing her pain to drink…to the point that she was actually crying when swallowing. She was diagnosed on Monday and weighted roughly 850gs, two days before that she weighed roughly 960gs, this weight loss and the sudden refusal of water(Thursday she stopped drinking) was awfully quick and her suffering was hard on not just my dad and I but on her friend Nellie. Given that she had no quality of life we knew there was only one option and that was to end her suffering with euthanasia.

I find it very strange and infuriating that if I where to keep Aphrodite alive in  her condition with an illness that was killing her painfully and had no cure I would be considered to be a cruel and irresponsible pet owner however if I where to try to end a human beings suffering in the same way I would responsible do for my pet it would be seen as illegal and immoral. It’s infuriating that we as human beings can decide that we’re so special we have a right to life under any and all circumstances and we call this ‘respect for life’ but this isn’t respect, this is prolonging  pain and suffering because we’re terrified of losing the ones we love. We respect and love our animals so much that we euthanasia them when their suffering becomes so bad that their life isn’t what we’d consider life and yet we proclaim that our love and respect is greater for the other people  and we show this by keeping them alive in a condition that we would not keep our pets in. The backward hypocrisy of this is so confusing and demented that it astounds me that anyone could think this is a display of respect and kindness.

Aphrodite is the second pet/fur baby that I’ve euthanised and bot times  was 100% sure that I was doing the right thing and still to this day I believe that I’ve done the right thing by both. If my dad was to get some awful illness like cancer I would be fighting for his right to die in a dignified, peaceful way. I would fight for the right to end his pain because I love him and I respect him far too much to leave him in that kind of condition, just the same way that I wouldn’t leave him on life support for too long he’s told me he never wants to live this way.

Those who argue that only God has the right to take a life or that human life is scared and shouldn’t be ended prematurely by man no matter the circumstances have never known true suffering and have never witnessed true suffering in those that they love. I say this as someone who has suffered, who has seen loved ones suffer and who has been the cause of suffering for my loved ones. If everyone is suffering on account of this illness, that’s painful and can’t be cured, if no one is living fully how can you possibly call that existence ‘living’? How could you tell those suffering people that they have no right to end that suffering because of a higher being that may or may not exist is just cruel and stupid and if your God is truly that sadistic and mean spirited that He/She/It would let something it created continue to suffer while ‘living’ for no other reason then to live and suffer then you really should be reevaluating your values and beliefs.

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About Mandy

I live with an assortment of illnesses and one illness causes me chronic pain so I live with my dad. I'm lucky that Dad looks after me, even though I'm an adult, which allows me to actually live a life. I love animals. I have two dogs, five adopted guinea pigs, and two small tropical fish tanks. I listen and sing (badly) to mainly rock music. I really enjoy reading and often read an assortment of different genres but I do have a special interest in true crime. I was studying psychology with the intention of specialising in Forensic Psychology and when I'm able to I will return to university.

Posted on 08/12/2012, in Animals, Philosophy and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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