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Euthanasia

North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Not long ago, shelters in dozens of North Carolina's counties killed homeless animals in carbon monoxide gas chambers. Starting February 2015, that will end. Last week the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a new policy.

Brittany Maynard's Mom Blasts Vatican For Anti-Euthanasia Remarks

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early unde...

PETA Reportedly Steals and Kills a Family Dog

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Douglas Anthony Cooper

PETA reportedly stole a family's pet chihuahua from their porch, and killed it. You heard that right. Yes, we're talking about that PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The theft was caught on video, and has been reported by WAVY.com, local media in Accomack County, Virginia.

Will God Condemn Brittany Maynard for Ending Her Life?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jewish tradition has a nuanced approach to this challenge. Thoughtful rabbis and scholars disagree. What is clear, however, is the various factors that matter in making the decision.

About a Dog

Jim Moret | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

Why all the fuss over a dog? Ask Nina Pham or Teresa Romero or my daughter, Amanda. They'll all tell you these are not just dogs. They are much more precious. They are members of our family.

Death With Dignity Is a Matter of Personal Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you have visited a news oriented website recently, you have likely heard the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Rather than let the tumor dictate the terms of her death, she proactively sought an option that would allow her to end her life in a dignified and humane fashion.

Why I Don't Want To Die At 75

Joan Gage | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist... Needless to say, his 5,000-word piece evoked a lot of debate, although everyone agreed he makes some important and startling points. They are his reasons for saying that he hopes to die at 75 and that, after he turns 65, he plans to discontinue all his health care -- no flu shots, colonoscopies, surgery, pacemakers.

The Right To Live -- And Die -- On Your Own Terms

Melanie Young | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

It's a shame you have to relocate to die on your terms. But for those who are terminally ill who want to focus on the quality of their rest of their lives rather than worry about the prolonged pain of dying, it is a choice they make to put themselves and their loved ones at ease.

Belgian Prisoner Wins 'Right to Die'

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Christopher Zoukis

In a case that may have implications for the treatment of prisoners worldwide, a Belgian sex offender was granted a "right to die" via assisted suicide.

Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

James Peron | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
James Peron

What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?" Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who have lost cognitive functions.

Dealing With Pet Loss

Cristina Miliaresis | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Cristina Miliaresis

There is a deep infinite emptiness that accompanies the loss of a pet and member of the family. Many pets are viewed as 'furry children' and losing them at 10,12, even 14 years is a tragedy.

No Kill No Problem: The Story of Austin Pets Alive! Part 4

Dawn Erin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Dawn Erin

As Executive Director of APA!, Jefferson lives and breathes No-Kill's "save them all" philosophy. She felt horrible that she had gotten it wrong this time. The foster volunteer was, understandably very upset as well. But she was also angry and filed a complaint against Jefferson with the Texas Veterinary Board.

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.

How Religion Affects Americans' Support For Euthanasia

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion

A strong majority of Americans support euthanasia and have done so for the past 20 years. Nearly 70% are in favor of giving physicians the ability to ...

New Mexico Must Stand Strong and Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's one of those topics that can stir a national debate in no time: Should a person have the right to end his life when he's ready to die? In January...

The Disturbing Way We 'Dispose' Of Infected Lab Animals

Posted 03.05.2014 | Green

Plenty of attention is given to the treatment of live laboratory animals, but how about dead ones? The University of Hawaii is raising a few eyebr...

A Different Philosophy, a Different Culture: And That's Why Marius the Danish Giraffe Had to Die

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Nancy Graham Holm

Zookeepers and animal park professionals throughout the world face the same critical issues: capacity and health. There are the only two methods available: contraception and euthanasia. Which one they choose depends on their culture.

The Jain Art of Spiritual Dying

JAINA | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
JAINA

As humans, we will all face death one day. As a Jain, I know how I will take that journey when the time comes. Each tradition has its own way of preparing for death, and it's important to considering it during your life.

Euthanasia for Young Children?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

There are so many moral, religious, ethical, medical, emotional and legal aspects associated and entangled with it that one is certainly well advised to tread lightly and wisely when and if venturing into a discussion dealing with euthanasia.

Belgium Set To Extend Right-To-Die Law To Children

AP | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 02.12.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing...

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Not 'Just a Cat' -- Surprising Responses to My Mourning

Lea Lane | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

She liked just about anyone. But most of all, this darling animal loved me, keeping tight company with me through good times and bad. She was never "just a cat." She was just a great cat.

Judge Rules to Allow Physician Assisted Suicide in New Mexico

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The ruling by Judge Nan Nash of the New Mexico Second Judicial District would make New Mexico the fifth state to allow doctors to prescribe fatal prescriptions to terminal patients.

Religion and Politics Do Mix

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during i...

A Fair Exchange

Pam Townsend | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Pam Townsend

Such a decision can be painful almost beyond bearing, but when life has become a struggle rather than a celebration, it is also, I believe, the greatest gift we can give our animal companions... and the price we pay for their extraordinary gift to us: the gift of companionship.