Pharmacists were twice as likely as medical GPs to endorse the view that "if a patient has decided to end their own life then doctors should be allowed in law to assist". Legality of euthanasia Voluntary euthanasia was legalized in the Netherlands inBelgium inLuxembourg in and Canada in Oregon was the first United States state to legalize assisted suicide, which was achieved through popular vote.
We love to take our dogs to the park, and spoil our cats with toys they never touch; we buy organic pet food and see the veterinarian more times a year than our own doctors.
Our dogs sleep in our beds, our cats sleep wherever they want, and, for many people, these "companion animals" have truly become members of the family in every sense. But how often do we think about those pets who aren't lucky enough to have their own personal doting human guardian?
We all know animal shelters and pounds exist, many of us own rescue pets who were adopted from these very institutions.
But they don't play much of a role in our day to day lives. We know that animal shelters are where strays and unwanted pets wind up, some of them are lucky to find their way back to their owners, or into new homes and families, and some of them aren't And we don't really like to think about the rest of the story.
But it's an important story, and one that does not get told often enough. Of the 5 million cats and dogs admitted to animal shelters in the United States last yearapproximately 3 million were euthanized. Euthanasia rates, and adoption rates too, vary dramatically across the country and among different shelters, but the overall numbers paint a pretty bleak picture.
So what can be done to change this? Estimates of shelter populations and even the number of shelters themselves are irregular, often in disagreement, and frequently present a rather alarming picture of animal shelter conditions and practices.
In the US, there is no national organization responsible for monitoring the thousands of public and private animal shelters and rescue groups that operate across the country and no legislation in place requiring specific data on animal intake, adoptions, and euthanasia to be recorded, reported, or preserved.
Data Collection Surveys and collection efforts for animal shelter statistics are conducted by many independent groups, such as the American Humane Society, the National Council on Pet Population, Animal People, Maddie's Fund, and the Asilomar Accords, as well as by local animal welfare societies, shelter volunteers, and concerned citizens.
But many of these programs are on a limited scale, cover inconsistent categories and details, and often the end product is not well published.
It's common that of the facilities queried for information, many will neglect to respond, or refuse outright. A few states are moving towards a model of collecting and making public statistics from official county shelters.
But unfortunately, for the time being they are definitely a minority. Hopefully in time more states will begin to follow suit. For this project I aggregated data from a variety of sources, including the five organizations listed above, as well as state and local government websites, shelter and rescue group annual reports, and a handful of news articles See below for a complete list of sources.
For many areas, data only exists in estimated or "representative" forms. These inconsistencies and gaps are significant limitations.
The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, and teaching. Euthanasia. When we talk about “euthanasia,” what exactly do we mean? Today, we usually hear about euthanasia in the health care context. For our purposes, “euthanasia” amounts to doing, or not doing, something to intentionally bring about a patient’s death. Approximately % of all households in the United States have a dog, and % have a cat. (Source: APPA) According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 40% of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.
For some states there simply wasn't enough reliable data currently available to include them in the following visualizations. However, I think the existing statistics speak for the greater story, and simultaneously show us how important it is to collect and analyze shelter statistics.
Visualizations It's helpful to grasp a sense of the "big picture" before moving into more specific statistics. This simple column graph combines estimated nationwide totals for cats and dogs admitted to animal shelters in and compares them with the number of those animals who were euthanized during CURRENT ACTION ALERT.
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When we talk about “euthanasia,” what exactly do we mean? Today, we usually hear about euthanasia in the health care context. For our purposes, “euthanasia” amounts to doing, or not doing, something to intentionally bring about a patient’s death. A. AGS Ethics Committee, Physician-Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Active Euthanasia.
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Euthanasia rates, and adoption rates too, vary dramatically across the country and among different shelters, but the overall numbers paint a pretty bleak picture. The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, and teaching.