putting a 'healthy' animal to sleep…?
I know the title seems pretty abhorrrant. My daughter had two rats, one recently developed breathing problems, a common problem in rats, and had to he put to sleep. The rat that is left was always more timid and not as friendly as the other one. We have tried to make him comfortable and happy but not having much luck. Won’t come out of his cage and barely moves. We’ve even brought the cage into the living room but he isn’t interested and is obviously not happy. Rats need other rats to live with and don’t like to live alone but we aren’t getting any more rats for definite and I don’t want to try and rehome him as he’s probably only got a year left at best and I couldn’t bare some idiot try and feed him to a snake.
Is it ethical in this situation?Posted 4 years ago
No less ‘ethical’ than shampooing your kid’s hair when they get nits.
Or swatting a fly, taking antibiotics etc.
As long as you tell your daughter the truth, obviously.
Anyway, I’d keep it.Posted 4 years ago
You know they say you’re never more than six feet away from a rat?
At least you’ll know the one near you is clean and well looked after.
Do you hold all life in the same regard?
I try to, there’s going to be a bit of a conundrum because I eat things but if I don’t want to eat it I treat it as well as I would a family member. I don’t think that’s particularly unreasonable.
I don’t kill insects, I don’t swat flies, I carefully put spiders out, I don’t kill mice if they get in – I just block up the holes and put them outside. If I have a pet I look after it like it’s a kid, I don’t see any excuse not to.Posted 4 years ago
How about ticks?
Flu? Whatever, it comes and goes. Tapeworm – never had it. Ticks – get pulled off, but TBH they’re trying to eat me so I’ve no problems putting up a fight. If I’d invited a tapeworm to be my buddy, given it a home and love, I certainly wouldn’t be trying to kill it off – I’d just go into that relationship with open eyes in the first place.Posted 4 years agoslackaliceMember
I think you’ll find no vet with scruples will put down an animal just because you think it’s unhappy.
Damn, there goes my pension plan. I am holding out some hope though that I will find an unscrupulous Vet to befriend, so when I’m really fed up and loss of dignity is imminent, whoosh! Away I go. No cost or burden and we’re all in a much better place for me exercising the one essential human right, that the system denies.
Therapy? For the rat. I’m fine with my mortality 😀Posted 4 years ago
Interesting answer Junky.
The Voigt Kampff machine seems to use both elements of Turing’s test and the Hare psycopathy checklist.
Our attitude to animals and an understanding of the hypocrisy required to coexist with them is fascinating – hugely variable depending on geographical location & economic conditions.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, Liverpool, Ince Blundell. Tel: 0151-931-1604. Caters for all animals.
there you go a quick google on rat rescue liverpool- give it away is probably the best thing IMHO or just leave it to die slowly unhappily as your family watch with varying degrees of care and guilt [ not a dig and bit OTT but you get the point none of you really want it and someone must]
Indeed it is Rusty just like many folk would eat a lobster boiled alive in water but only a monster would do this to a kitten.Posted 4 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
It’s a tough one, loddrik – sounds like you hate seeing an unhappy animal just as little as I do. I’d look at rehoming if at all feasible.
I once knew am Irish equine vet who told me that he chose the equine field largely because he hated putting down so many healthy greyhounds in Ireland simply because they weren’t winning races.Posted 4 years ago
I’ll certainly look more closely at rehoming, need to be sure he’d live with other rats though.
There was a woman on the Wirral who took in rats and looked after them but she doesn’t list a phone number and I’ve tried every other method of getting in touch to no avail. She hasn’t updated her Facebook page for 6 months so I’m guessing she no longer does. Can’t leave him on his own though, just isn’t fair.
Thanks JY I’ll give them a try on Monday.Posted 4 years ago
It’s a brave question to ask in public, that’s for sure.
I’m sure whatever you decide will be for the best.
Youngest stepdaughter worked in a research lab whilst doing her PhD.Posted 4 years ago
They did a lot of experiments on rats.
She ended up getting two as pets, as she missed being around them so much.
People are very complicated.ska-49Memberz1ppyMember
Not sure of the current reg’s but my friend tells of vet’s (20 odd years ago) being prosecuted for not putting animal down if asked to… apparent the practice where she worked, they would phone the vets wife to make him take the animals home instead of being put down. Friend got a cat from it that had been brought in to be “put down” because he had diarrhea. It was explained to the owner, this could be dealt with.. she wanted it dealt with permanently, ppl are fricken awful.Posted 4 years ago
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