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Euthanasia

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 01.04.2016 | 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 12.22.2015 | 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 12.21.2015 | 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 10.12.2015 | 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 it...

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 currently a...

Animal "Euthanasia" Is Too Often Slaughter

Marc Bekoff | Posted 07.23.2016 | 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.