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Living with Courage, Dying with Dignity

Shayne Looper | Posted 02.16.2017 | Religion
Shayne Looper

What does it take to die with dignity? If one looks at the website of the "Death with Dignity National Center" and "Death with Dignity Political Fund,...

The Best And Worst Sex Stories From The Last Year

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 01.12.2017 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It was a difficult and challenging year, especially seen through the lens of sexual health. It was a year in which politics came close to displacing sexual politics as the most-talked about topic on therapist couches.

Tons Of Pit Bulls May Be Euthanized In Montreal Next Week Due To Ban

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 10.02.2016 | Good News

It’s a taxing time for animal advocates in Montreal. The Canadian city has passed a new bylaw, which makes it illegal for residents to adopt or buy ...

PETA Applauds Montreal. Translation: Dogs Are Going to Die

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 09.30.2016 | Green
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Nothing indicates the horror of Montreal's pit bull ban better than this: PETA's mealy-mouthed congratulations.

PETA'S Response To Chihuahua Killing Lawsuit Is Straight Out Of The Trump Playbook

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

It's open season on Mexican-Americans, whether you're a bigot running for president, or an "animal rights" organization fighting for its right to kill pets.

Belgium Reports First Case Of Doctor-Assisted Death For A Minor

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.17.2016 | World

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A 17-year-old has committed doctor-assisted suicide in Belgium, the first minor to do so under rules adopted in 2014 allowing eut...

All Dogs Go To Heaven, But Not This One Yet

Sue Carswell | Posted 09.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sue Carswell

In this case I'm rooting for Brutus in memory of my friend Nate. It's not their time to be together quite yet. May Brutus live a long life in the fields barking his heart out. May he be born free.

Colorado To Vote On Physician-Assisted Suicide In November

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics

DENVER, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Colorado voters will decide in November whether to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients under a ...

Tears for Zack: Saying Good-Bye to your Pet

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 08.03.2016 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I never thought I'd cry while slicing cucumbers. I never thought I'd cry while sweeping the crumbs off the breakfast room floor. I never thought I'd c...

Pro Choice: When A Day Of Independence is not an option, A Sufferer Should Have The Right To End Dependence

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Joseph Cooper

What if a state legislature were to succeed in essentially obliging a woman to bring a life into being -- no matter how she became pregnant, no matter...

Canada Adopts Assisted Dying Law After Heated Political Debate

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.17.2016 | World

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Parliament on Friday adopted a law allowing medically-assisted death for the terminally ill, brushing aside critics who wa...

Hard To Adopt Dogs Find Homes

Ken White | Posted 06.13.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

An open admissions shelter, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA accepts all animals from our community. That means many wonderful, healthy, friendly a...

Californians Now Have Right to 'Aid in Dying': How Did We Get Here?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.11.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Twenty years ago, no one in the United States could claim a right to "physician aid in dying" (also called "physician-assisted suicide"). Today, more than 52 million Americans can.

The Plight Of Shelter Animals

Julie LeRoy | Posted 06.01.2016 | Impact
Julie LeRoy

There is no other topic that leads to heated discussion as the topic of kill versus no kill shelters. But many people are not familiar with the differences in these types of shelters because sometimes the status of a shelter can be misleading.To understand the differences in these shelters, it is important to learn what they are.

I Could Have Been That Girl: Is PTSD Incurable?

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Jenni Schaefer

"I could have been that girl," author and friend June Alexander wrote to me regarding the recent news coverage about a woman in her twenties who was a...

Why Yellowstone Euthanized A Baby Bison After Tourist 'Rescue'

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green

Yellowstone National Park officials made "heroic efforts" before deciding to euthanize a newborn bison that well-meaning tourists put into the trunk o...

How Does This Dairy Farmer Deal With Loss of Life?

Krista Stauffer | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business
Krista Stauffer

I had shut off farmer's alarm clock. To be honest, I still don't even remember when he had got in the house the night before. It was sometime after I had gone to bed at eleven.

ASPCA at 150: The Next Steps in Preventing Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While our historic milestone provides plenty of reasons to take pause and commemorate our past, the urgency of our cause demands that we continue to look ahead. To that end, the ASPCA is at the forefront of three relatively new areas of animal welfare concentration where the potential for saving lives is nearly limitless.

"60 Minutes" To Air "Aid In Dying" Report

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 03.14.2016 | Media
Dr. Jon LaPook

As a physician, I was eager to learn more about the Oregon experience, with special attention to patients, family members, and healthcare professionals involved in such a deeply personal decision. The result became my first "60 Minutes" report, which will be broadcast Sunday, March 13 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/ 7:00-8:00 PM PT) on the CBS Television Network.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2017 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

Telling the Full Story of America's Animal Shelters

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While some reasonable estimates exist, the true number of U.S. animals sheltered at a national level has never actually been counted, much less shared. This lack of clarity severely impedes our ability to best serve our country's homeless animals.

Dying With Dignity

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
Garry Rodgers

Let's face it. We're all going to die. You. Me. Our parents. Our children. Friends. Neighbours. Co-workers. Even our pets. It makes me wonder why we...

A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Aida Salazar

We took our baby girl home from the hospital soon after we took her off life support. We signed "Do Not Resuscitate" documents and we were assigned hospice care especially for children. It took 21 days. With each cavernous minute, I prayed for death to be swift.

Euthanasia for Lack of Space and Shelter Transparency

Kirsten Stade | Posted 09.30.2016 | DC
Kirsten Stade

Shelters should not fear being honest with their volunteers, adopters, and even their staff about the grim realities of not being there yet with respect to No Kill. An increasingly educated public will increasingly demand that they do so anyway.

PETA Won't Answer Some Very Basic Questions About Why It Kills So Many Shelter Animals

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

Last year, the nonprofit group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals euthanized more than 2,000 dogs and cats at its sole U.S. shelter -- and it...