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A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 i...

The Biggest Mistake Pet Owners Make at the End

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Jessica Vogelsang

If I had a big huge red pen and could permanently strike five words from the Standard Veterinary Dialogue, it would be this: "You'll know when it's time."

Doctors, Death and Dignity: The Semantics of 'Suicide'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Death is the enemy, and it is not. Death is simple and inevitable, and inexplicably complicated.

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

Santhara -- Jain Way of Death with Equanimity

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

By dying in meditation the aspirants are able to die with the mind being in complete awareness, calm and undisturbed by pain or emotions. Moreover, the aspirants practice their ultimate belief that their body and the material world are not their pure self and that they detach from them.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Killing the Grizzly Bear Who Killed a Man in Yellowstone and Her Cubs Is a Horrific Idea

Marc Bekoff | Posted 08.14.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

My heart goes out to the man who was killed and to his family and friends. And, I know others would agree that this is an incredibly sad event -- but that the bears shouldn't be killed. Killing the bears is not euthanasia, but rather premeditated slaughter or murder.

If You're Looking to Adopt a Cat, Choose an Older One

Alice Carey | Posted 08.04.2015 | New York
Alice Carey

Even today, this is the fate of older shelter cats because potential adopters tend to choose kittens over adult cats. How can they not? Kittens are cuddly tabla rasas that meow sweetly and have blue eyes.

British Columnist Katie Hopkins Wants 'Euthanasia Vans' Because There Are 'Too Many Old People'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.29.2015 | Media

A British TV personality and columnist said she supports "euthanasia vans" because there are "too many old people."  Katie Hopkins, who is curre...

Animal "Euthanasia" Is Too Often Slaughter

Marc Bekoff | Posted 07.23.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

In Australia, the commercial slaughter of millions of adult kangaroos for food results in countless dependent youngsters, also called joeys, left to suffer and die because their mothers have been killed. The study about which I write below refers to killing the joeys who have lost, or will lose their mothers, as euthanasia, which it is not.

Compassion and Empathy at the End of Life: Advanced Care Planning Takes a Giant Step Forward

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On July 8, 2015, Medicare took a significant step towards helping people make the right decisions for their care by proposing to pay in 2016 for physicians who spend at least 30 minutes discussing and documenting patient preferences and values at the end of life that may be used to guide decisions for Advanced Directives.

1 In 20 Belgian Deaths Is The Result Of Euthanasia

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.01.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The right to die is taken seriously in Belgium, where citizens who get doctors' approval can elect to end their own life on their own terms. The pract...

European Court Rules France Can Take Man Off Life Support After 7-Year Coma

Reuters | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

STRASBOURG, France, June 5 (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights on Friday allowed France to take a man in a coma off life support, in a case...

This Pup In Wheelchair Was Saved From Euthanization And Now She's An Instagram Superstar

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.14.2015 | Good News

With a spunky, can-do attitude and an adorably delightful face, this pooch will make you fall in love. Daisy the dog from Los Angeles was abandone...

People & Other Animals: When Is the Right Time to End the Life of Loved Animal?

Ken White | Posted 06.22.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Those of us who work in animal welfare are frequently asked to answer a question that has no answer: When is the right time to end the life of a loved animal? A lousy question, but I guess it's just part of the job.

The Conversation Nobody Wants To Have -- But Should

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

It's been over a year since my father's death. In that time, I've struggled to remember him as a well person. He was healthy for my first 45 years of life and yet, hard as I try, I cannot reimagine him as whole. So dramatic was the scenery of his decline, it infected the memories that were amassed underneath.

Death with Dignity and Self-Determination

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

Too often we don't end up extending life; rather, we extend dying. For those who define meaning in a manner that imbues them with the desire to go out on their own terms, this law gives them that choice.

Chile's President Meets With Teen Who Asked To Die

AP | Posted 02.28.2015 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president went to a hospital Saturday to meet with a 14-year-old girl who shocked the country by going on YouTube to ...

PETA Will Be Fined All of $500 For Killing a Little Girl's Dog

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

It seems PETA is going to be punished for taking and killing Maya, a little girl's pet chihuahua. The putative "animal rights" organization -- which hauled in $50,000,000 in donations last year -- will be forced to pay a $500 fine.

PETA's Killing Machine Loses in Landslide 95-2 Vote in Virginia

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

The bill to rein in PETA's killing at their headquarters in Virginia passed the House of Delegates in a landslide 95-2 vote. Shelters will now be required by definition to make efforts to adopt out animals, instead of summarily killing them.

Tomorrow Virginia Decides Whether PETA Gets to Continue Killing Pets

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

PETA would like you to believe that tomorrow's crucial vote in Virginia isn't about them. It's about all those shelters that open their doors to dogs and cats, and then kill almost every single one. Never mind that PETA is the sole "shelter" that fits this description.

PETA Smears Whistleblower

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I wish I could claim psychic powers. But predictable smear campaigns are, by their nature, predictable.

WHISTLEBLOWER: PETA Ex-Employee Alleges She Was Encouraged to Steal and Kill Pets, and to Falsify Records

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

A woman employed by PETA fifteen years ago is now alleging that she was encouraged by its president to steal and kill pets, and to falsify records. Heather Harper-Troje is the wife of a US diplomat serving at the American embassy in Honduras, and her eyewitness account is unprecedented.