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A Culture of Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Means Deaths for Convenience, Not Compassion

The dumbest appeal people make for legalizing assisted suicide is that we put animals down when they are suffering.  This constantly comes up in the comments to online articles, and we have also heard it in testimony from people who should know better. Some people do put their pets down out of compassion, but many […]

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The “What We Do for Beloved Pets” Argument Works Both Ways

Proponents of legal assisted suicide are always talking about how we put our pets down rather than allow them to suffer.  Years ago, Stephen Drake put that argument to sleep for anyone who actually stops to think: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/lets_put_this_pet_theory_to_sleep/ But there is another side to that story.  More and more people are buying wheelchairs and other […]

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Not Dead Yet to Stephen Hawking: “Be Grateful You’re a Human. Most likely, if you were someone’s pet dog, they would have put you out of ‘your misery’ a long time ago, even if you didn’t feel particularly miserable.”

Stephen Drake of Not Dead Yet has written a great article responding to Stephen Hawking’s endorsement of assisted suicide on the grounds that “we don’t let animals suffer.” The part we like best? “The reality, Professor Hawking, is that you should be grateful you’re a human.  Most likely, if you were someone’s pet dog, they […]

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Steven Drake of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet has written two great articles reacting to the news of 45 year old deaf twins who were “voluntarily” euthananized in Belgium because they were going blind.  The men were not terminally ill, yet they met the Belgian legal criteria for euthanasia because of  the “grave […]

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