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Posted by Ted ( on March 11, 2001 at 11:21:17:

In Reply to: It's considered humane and highly recommended posted by NickD on March 11, 2001 at 10:40:41:

or am I mistaken? First off, let me tell you I'm sorry about your dog. That is very sad and must have been hard for you.
Now, my potential confusion comes because it sounds like you're advocating suicide from CHs? I'm afraid I don't believe in suicide as a "sin." That's not the reason I think it's wrong to kill oneself from this pain. Sure. If this was a fatal disease, like your dog had, and there was NO options left and no chance of being cured and someone was in constant VERY SEVERE pain and would be for the last few weeks of their lives, I think that's a legitimate option if it's been well thought through and not decided in the midst of the worst of the pain. But, for something as non-terminal as CH it is ridiculous to advocate, if you are, that it's reasonable to be euthenised to deal with the pain. Have I ever thought about it in the midst of a 10? Definitely. Many times. But would it be the reasonable or rational choice?Very obviously not. If it was it would be equally rational for those who loved me to kill themselves because they'd be suffering all their lives from my actions. And then those who loved them can follow suit. It would do wonders for our over-population problem. But that's about it. That doesn't even include that we have lives between bouts, albeit, for some of us quite diminished ones from what we once had and others do have. Nonetheless there are many things I do in life that I thoroughly enjoy. Most of us do. Whether it's going for a hike, drawing, debating, gardening, cooking, whatever each of us finds our centers and passion with, those still exist and we partake in them. Euthenasia for CHs goes WAY beyond the proper purpose for it.

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