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Euthanasia: the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy. (Webster's 10th Collegiate Dictionary).


The vast majority of animals killed in pounds are not hopelessly sick or injured, and yet virtually every email I receive, article I read, or person I hear talking about animals in the pound who are about to be killed says that they are going to be "euthanized."


I would like to appeal to everyone involved in rescue and animal advocacy (and everyone else for that matter) to stop using the word "euthanasia" when describing the killing of an animal who is not terminally ill or irremediably suffering, but is being killed only for ostensible lack of space or perceived "unadoptability."


We must stop using euphemisms that hide the truth, even in an attempt to be "politically correct." To use this word in this way is not only inaccurate, but it plays into the idea that killing is the best thing for the animal, even if he/she is healthy or treatable, and it works against the idea of no-kill. It makes the killing sound like a good thing, when the truth is far from that.


Please join with me and pledge not to use the word "euthanasia" when referring to killing healthy or treatable animals.


For more on the use and misuse of words when speaking of animals, see my essay "The Words We Use and Why They Matter"

Thank you.

Tina Clark

The Poppy Foundation

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