A Virginia lady requested that her canine be euthanized, cremated and buried along with her when she died. On the time of her loss of life, her canine—a Shih-Tzu named Emma—was completely wholesome and nicely, making a conflict between ethical and authorized points.
When a consultant of the girl’s property got here to the shelter the place Emma was being held, the workers there tried to influence him to not euthanize her. They tried to encourage him to signal over any rights to her and permit her to be adopted by another person. Nonetheless, he refused and selected to observe the directions within the deceased lady’s will. Emma was taken to a neighborhood veterinarian and euthanized.
It isn’t unlawful in Virginia to euthanize a wholesome canine as a result of they’re thought-about property, however not all veterinarians would comply with do it. It’s, nonetheless, in opposition to the legislation of that state to bury a non-human animal or any animal stays in industrial cemeteries. Exceptions exist for sure non-public and family-owned cemeteries, and which will have allowed this lady to be laid to relaxation along with her canine as she desired.
Although there have been no legal guidelines damaged when this lady’s needs to have her canine euthanized upon her loss of life have been carried out, many individuals have been outraged. To be allowed to kill a wonderfully wholesome animal only for burial doesn’t sit proper with many individuals, together with me. If somebody desires a canine’s stays to be with them after loss of life, it will be nice if a system could possibly be arrange for the canine’s ashes to be added to the location later, when the pet dies by itself. Or, I’d encourage folks to take a extra symbolic strategy and request to be buried with a lock of their canine’s fur or a cherished picture of the canine as a substitute.
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