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Old 03-24-2004, 04:15 PM
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I think we euthanize pets because they cannot express their desires and that we, as their owners, are responsible for making the decisions for them.

A person, however, can express their desires. So I don't think we have the same justification to say that someone else should be euthanized because they are sick. It could be that even though the person is in a coma, they do want to keep living. We know that a person is capable of having the desire to keep living, so we cannot make the choice for them even if they currently cannot express their desires.

Also, it is *much* more likely that medical technology can make a person better. So a person might receive $100,000 in medical care and be able to live a productive life. A pet will not have that option. Sometimes the only realistic options for a pet are to be euthanized or to let the disease run its course.