Argumentative Essay On Euthanasia And Animals

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Euthanasia and Animals

Approximately 670,000 dogs are euthanized yearly (ASPCA.org). Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering (Google.com). People use euthanasia like a cell phone. In the blog “ Is it Ethical to Euthanize Your Dog?” (2011) by Elliot D Cohen, Ph.D, Cohen explains two sides of the altercation for and against euthanasia. His purpose was to appraise readers about the ethical settlement surrounding the dilemma of euthanasia in animals. Euthanasia is a critically fallacy, meaning a bad mistake. This is because as a christian, I believe that it is ultimately up to God to take one’s life. No one knows what the animal is feeling, the can’t give consent nor tell us how they feel. Euthanasia
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The animal can not give us consent nor tell us how they feel. For example, in John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, one of the ranch hands, carlton, commented about an old dog on the ranch “Well I can’t stand him here” (Steinbeck pg. 44). The quote means that he thinks the dog is useless. So what if the dog is useless. There are many humans that you can say are “useless”, but you wouldn’t kill them, would you? Another example from Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, Carlson guilt tripped Candy in to euthanizing his dog and commented “he ain’t no good to you and he ain’t no good to himself (Steinbeck 44). The quote means that Carlson is explaining to Candy how his dog is useless, and should just die. Let me tell you that every living thing has an purpose. And once again, there are people out in the world you can say are “useless” but you won’t kill them, so why a dog? Euthanizing animals is an immoral action because animals cannot give communicate with us. Even though it seems like they are suffering, they might not …show more content…
An example of the claim would be the quote from Cohen’s blog is “ If you do euthanize, then the suffering ends, but you effectively end the life of an dependant of yous who has the mental capacity of an small child and is therefore incapable of giving competent consent” (par. 13). This quote means that there is an equivalence between an dog and an toddler, meaning that neither can gave competent consent. Both are incapable of doing so. An experience in the book Of Mice and Men, Carlson jumped right to the conclusion to shoot the dog guilted and in away forced Candy for his consent. The poor dog had to die because he was “suffering”. Another example would be from Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men, Carlson stated “well I can’t stand him here” (Steinbeck 44). That quote counters my argument. This quote means that since the dog smells and is old, he should be killed. An couple months ago my dog passed away. His name was Boris, and he was a twelve year old, Old English Bulldog. He was missing teeth, had bad hips, had really bad hearing, and dementia. His sight was bad too. Yet despite those flaws, he had purpose. Eventually after an miraculous twelve years of life, he went to a palm tree by my pool, and I saw him just lay down and then I walked up to him then kissed his head, and right in that moment, he died, right after i kissed him. He died peacefully on his

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