Euthanasia, The Second Death Of Animals

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One of my friends is majoring in pet-beauty. Not only how to make animals beautiful, but what pet’s body structure looks like should be learnt for studying the subject. She said all of the sacrificed animals for anatomy classes are abandoned animals. This is because, according to her, once abandoned animals are sent to an animal shelter, they will be euthanized unless they are adopted in 10 days. Therefore, the interested parties generally accept the opinion that abandoned animals facing euthanasia had better be sacrificed for education, and the number of pets abandoned could effectively be reduced through this routine. As shown in this case, many people insist that euthanasia is the only realistic way able to curtail the number of lost animals. However, euthanasia of abandoned animals should be prohibited due to following reasons; there are several alternative ways able to decrease the number of homeless animals, euthanasia would raise other problems, and humankind has no right to take animals’ lives.
In the first place, there are several alternative ways able to solve the problems abandoned animals have caused. It costs 130,000 won to euthanize one animal; therefore people who are involved in this problem should come up with other ways to spend these expenses. To begin with, these costs can be expended in educating pet owners not to abandon their animals. One of the main reasons pet owners abandon their animals is that they consider misdemeanor as not serious. Therefore, educating people before they adopt animals in pet shop or making people register several classes in local community centers for free can be an effective way to resolve this proposition. Moreover, government is able to divvy these expenses up on administering mandatory registration of pets. In Korea, there are many people raising pets, but pet owners have no occasion to declare the information concerning their pets. That is why some people are more likely to regard their pets as their belongings. Although this method, which forces people to register their pets by law, requires relatively long time to become stable, it would exert huge effect on settling the problems. Lastly, promoting actively to encourage people to readopt abandoned animals can be another way to reduce the number of animals that are supposed to be euthanized. Many healthy, young pets are abandoned only because their master cannot afford to raise them. However, pets are more likely to be misunderstood by potential adopters that they are abandoned because of their poor health. Surely, it doesn’t signify sick or old animals have no right to be cared by potential adopters. Instead, it means such a situation where people avoid adopting abandoned animal just because they think the animals may be sick or old should be altered.
In addition, euthanasia of abandoned animals would bring other complications not only in the present, but also in the future. To begin with, focusing on problems in present, many...

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