Euthanasia – Brain Ethics http://brainethics.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 03:56:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://brainethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/brain-ethics-icon-150x150.png Euthanasia – Brain Ethics http://brainethics.org/ 32 32 Higgins: For a group of Quebec doctors, killing babies is just another ‘form of care’ https://brainethics.org/2022/11/23/higgins-for-a-group-of-quebec-doctors-killing-babies-is-just-another-form-of-care/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:43:27 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/23/higgins-for-a-group-of-quebec-doctors-killing-babies-is-just-another-form-of-care/

When MAID was introduced, we were told there would be safeguards. What happened to them?

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The president of the College of Physicians of Quebec wants to explore the prospect of euthanize suffering babies and think it’s nobody’s business but doctors.

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To be fair, Dr. Mauril Gaudreault would also let the parents speak, so he’s not totally arrogant.

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Gaudreault’s rather obscene suggestion illustrates how far we’ve come down the slippery slope when it comes to euthanasia, euthanasia, Medical assistance in dying (MAID)Call it what you want.

It is worth quoting Gaudreault at length in his testimony last week before the special parliamentary committee on MAID.

“Medical assistance in dying is a form of care, a medical act that may be appropriate in certain circumstances,” he said, according to the parliamentary translator. “It is not a political, moral or religious question. It’s a medical problem. »

Gaudreault’s suggestion illustrates how deep we’ve sunk

So basically you can trust me; I am a doctor! No need to have discussions about the meaning of life, the value of a human being or the philosophy of existence. No need, even, for society to take a stand, just let the medical profession take care of it.

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He continues: “Medical assistance in dying is governed by the Criminal Code. It is regulated by court decisions and has been the subject of ethical and deontological discussions for nearly two decades. His acceptance is now complete. Society has evolved. »

If Canadian society has reached the point—and perhaps it has—that it is acceptable for doctors to use their judgment when deciding to kill babies, as well as disabled people, because of the pain and suffering, then we might want to rethink society. Because a society that does not want to have a political, ethical and, yes, religious argument about it is a society that has lost its moral compass.

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Gaudreault continues: “On the issue of babies from zero to one year old, the College believes that for this group as well, medical assistance in dying can offer an ethical and responsible alternative to avoid an unacceptable and inevitable end of life in unbearable suffering. . .”

Pain and suffering can, indeed, make life unbearable, but is this the only criterion on which one should decide to euthanize someone? For Gaudreault, the answer seems to be yes.

Gaudreault appeared before the committee a month after Dr Louis Roy, also of the College of Physicians of Quebec, testified and caused an uproar when he first suggested euthanizing babies who had ‘serious malformations’ and “serious and severe syndromes” for which their “prospect of survival is nil, so to speak.

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Gaudreault told the committee he wanted to “set the record straight,” adding, “The college has never talked about euthanizing babies. He talked even less about administering medical aid and dying without parental consent.

Oh, so no babies to kill then?

“The college said that it was an avenue to explore and that it was also necessary to take into account the suffering of the parents.”

The college said it was a prospect worth exploring

Dr Mauril Gaudreault

Oh, so we’re just talking about killing babies. And also “mature minors” aged 14 to 18 because “suffering does not take age into account. Suffering is ageless,” said Gaudreault.

People with disabilities can also be euthanized as long as they meet the correct criteria, he said.

As to the question of how doctors will know what is intolerable or not, Gaudreault said: “From a medical point of view, physical and mental suffering can be assessed clinically in particular by direct observation, a questionnaire and a clinical examination by the doctor. .”

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But of course, there would be a questionnaire, because the question of living and dying would fall under the medical bureaucracy courtesy of the College of Physicians of Quebec.

Of course there would be a questionnaire

Gaudreault testified between two stories that illustrate how badly euthanasia can go.

Alicia and Christie Duncan shared how their mother, Donna, a psychiatric nurse, suffered a concussion in a car accident in 2020. COVID led to treatment delays and Donna Duncan suffered from headaches, anxiety and depression.

Eventually, Donna Duncan went to her 20-year-old doctor and asked to be approved for MAID. He refused, but she was able to convince another doctor and a nurse practitioner to approve his request.

Christie Duncan told the committee: ‘How does the opinion of someone who cared for my mother for 20 years carry less weight than the opinion of two people who had just met her and simply ticked boxes on a MAID assessment form?”

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Meanwhile, Kerri Joffe, of the ARCH Disability Law Center in Toronto, spoke of a disabled person in her 30s, living in her own home and working part-time with the support of her family, friends and volunteers. But the death of a family member has left the disabled person facing the prospect of entering a long-term care home with the loss of home, independence and community. The person had asked for MAID.

Two stories illustrate how bad euthanasia can go

“They were very clear, they don’t want to die. They are not suffering because of their disability, they want to continue to live with dignity in the community,” said Joffe. “It’s not possible because their supports are not available.”

She added: “ARCH urges the committee in its final report to be clear, some people with disabilities are driven to consider, apply for and go through MAID not because they suffer because of their disability but because of social and economic inequalities. .”

When euthanasia was introduced in 2016, we were told there would be safeguards. There would be no slippery slope. Now we are euthanizing mothers who don’t have access to proper health care and disabled people who want to live but can’t get help at home.

And now Quebec wants to explore the option of killing babies. What can go wrong?

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Woods Humane Society Announces Giving Tuesday Game Challenge • Atascadero News https://brainethics.org/2022/11/19/woods-humane-society-announces-giving-tuesday-game-challenge-atascadero-news/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 10:25:03 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/19/woods-humane-society-announces-giving-tuesday-game-challenge-atascadero-news/

Matching $15,000 helps donations go twice as far for homeless animals

CENTRAL COAST — Donations to Woods Humane Society will go twice as far for homeless animals from now until Tuesday, November 29. at WoodsHumane.org will be matched, up to $15,000.

“As we approach Thanksgiving, we are so grateful to this community for all they have done to support our work with homeless animals,” said Woods Director of Development Emily L’Heureux. “2,377 dogs and cats have found shelter, medical care and loving homes so far this year thanks to the generosity of our SLO County neighbors and friends.”

Two recent examples of animals whose lives have been saved this year are Carlos and Louise. Carlos arrived at Woods as a very sick and emaciated kitten with severe eye infections leaving him almost entirely blind. Woods treated his illness and performed surgery to remove his ruptured eyes and, under the care of amazing foster families, he made a remarkable recovery. He was adopted and is now a healthy, playful kitten, oblivious to his lack of eyesight.

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Louise came to Woods as a puppy suffering from a deadly disease affecting the intestines, called parvovirus. While most shelters can’t treat this highly contagious disease, Woods has the capacity and the success rate to deal with it. Their medical and animal care teams provided a wide range of emergency care – even preparing and hand-feeding homemade meals to encourage the pup to eat. Eventually Louise turned the corner, recovered and quickly found her forever home where she is now a loved and thriving young dog.

L’Heureux says there are hundreds more like Louise and Carlos who need help to survive. “With shelters at capacity across the state, the current situation for homeless pets – especially those in need of special medical care – is urgent and dire. To celebrate Giving Tuesday, we’re asking the community to donate what they can to help make a difference for more dogs and cats in need.

The Woods Humane Society is a non-profit organization that receives no tax funds and instead relies on support from donations, grants, bequests, fundraising events and service fees to conduct doing his rescue work. The organization provides shelter, medical care, neutering and neutering surgeries, and adoption services that add up to $800 per animal, on average, for up to 3,000 cats and dogs each year. In addition to caring for pets abandoned by members of the local community who can no longer care for them, the organization transfers animals from overcrowded shelters and animal rescues, both in the county of San Luis Obispo and across the state, to save them from unnecessary euthanasia.

As part of the organization’s commitment to managing pet populations, Woods also provides low-cost neutering and neutering services to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services, other organizations in local rescue and county-owned animals.

Additionally, Woods offers a humane education program for local youth, as well as dog training and behavioral assistance through its behavior and training department at Woods University.

The Woods Humane Society Giving Tuesday matchmaking challenge runs until midnight on Tuesday, November 29. Donations can be made in person, by mail or online at WoodsHumane.org. The San Luis Obispo campus is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo and the North County campus is located at 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero. For more information, visit WoodsHumane.org or call (805) 543-9316.

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NEWBERRY COUNTY – Newberry County Council recently approved a resolution to pass and allocate funds for an outdoor fitness court as part of the 2023 National Fitness Campaign.

“We are very pleased that the National Fitness Campaign has declared us eligible for the $30,000 grant, this resolution asks for a commitment that we can match that $30,000 and we will work to raise the additional funds, which we are doing. already actively. We have already reached out and will continue our efforts through community businesses,” said Jessie Long, director of parks and recreation for Newberry County.

The outdoor fitness court will cost around $170,000 and would be built at the Piedmont Technical College camps in Newberry Square. Long said there would be seven different stations where someone could practice doing activities like sit-ups, pull-ups, lunges, and more.

“Not good at first, but in the long run we would be programming,” she said.

Councilor Les Hipp asked what would happen if they committed to the grant, but they didn’t get the rest of the funds needed.

“It’s not going to happen; we won’t get their $30,000 until we’re ready to go. We have until mid-July, timing-wise, to set it up,” said Long.

Councilman Henry Livingston asked where the $30,000 would come from. County Administrator Christopher Inglese said they have several options including ARP funds, a budget amendment, a one off capital contingency and possibly budgeting next year as the money is not due before mid-July.

“The Spartan Race also brought in $20,000 in windfall revenue,” he said.

Livingston said $30,000 is a small part of the $170,000 needed and he thinks the outdoor fitness court is a good idea with a great concept, but he has reservations about funding.

“We have firefighters and paramedics coming in and asking us for things and we tell them it’s not in the budget, it goes against my belief to randomly come up with $30,000 when it’s not not budgeted,” he said.

Long added that Newberry County Parks and Recreation is actively looking for ways to raise money for emergency services.

The resolution passed 6-1, following a motion from Councilor Nick Shealy and a second from Councilor Travis Reeder, Livingston voted against.

Other business:

• Council held a third reading of a FILOT agreement for an amount of $89,000,000 solar project. The agreement includes special source revenue credits to allow for a predictable annual payment of approximately $216,050 for a 30-year term. It also includes a monetary contribution of $50,000 to install solar panels for two fire stations as well as a robust buffer requirement to ensure the project will not be visible for a right of way. There was also a public hearing where no one spoke for or against.

• Council approved a third reading of a budget ordinance to reduce courthouse copying fees from 0.50 cents per copy to 0.35 cents. A public hearing was also held where no one spoke for or against.

• Council approved a Third Reading for an Ordinance Amending Budget Order 22-23 to provide an amendment reducing building permit fees by: 1. Allowing the option of using a signed contract to determine the building assessment. 2. Reduce plan review fees from 50% of permit fees to 25% for residential projects. 3. Reduce the unheated space rating to half the heated space rating. The amendment would be retroactive to July 1, 2022. A public hearing was also held where no one spoke for or against.

• Council approved a first reading for a planning and zoning enactment amendment that provides by-laws to permit solar farms in the RZ Zone District as a special exception.

• Council approved a resolution requiring members of the Zoning Appeals Board and the Joint Planning Board to complete the annual statutory training prior to receiving the per-meeting allowance.

• The board approved a resolution authorizing the animal shelter to declare a temporary moratorium on admitting animals when the shelter is full to reduce euthanasia rates as needed.

Contact Andrew Wigger at 803-768-3122 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

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A famous rooster who thinks he’s a kitten has disappeared from the Funny Farm Rescue https://brainethics.org/2022/11/13/a-famous-rooster-who-thinks-hes-a-kitten-has-disappeared-from-the-funny-farm-rescue/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 21:20:23 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/13/a-famous-rooster-who-thinks-hes-a-kitten-has-disappeared-from-the-funny-farm-rescue/

Squiggy, a four-pound rooster who thinks he’s a kitten, is so cute that visitors to Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary in Mays Landing, NJ, regularly ask to take him home.

Now, with the world-famous Squiggy missing since election day, the question is: did anyone actually take Squiggy?

“We are so desperate,” volunteer Kim Myles said Sunday, when the reward for Squiggy’s return rose to $1,800. “He’s the cutest little white rooster. Everyone is fighting for him.

Myles thinks someone stuck Squiggy, who isn’t much bigger than a bag of Doritos, in a pocket or under a jacket and took off.

Squiggy was last seen on chilly November 8 with three bantam hens under founder Laurie Zaleski’s hot tub, near the house where she lives on the farm.

Zaleski offers the reward, “no questions asked,” promised by three donors for the return of Squiggy, who has been on the farm since his surrender about two years ago.

He lived happily among Zaleski’s 11 dogs, 20 goats, 15 horses, 2 llamas and around 600 other animals at the bucolic farm where the animals are mostly free to roam and many have unusual personalities, stories of love and life. oppressed and friendships crossed. .

With a following on social media around the world, animals have become celebrities, like Ricky the peacock, who had to be euthanized due to a spinal cord injury, or Cooper the alpaca, who hangs out with his best friend, Yogi, the 1,200 pound calf. Zaleski wrote of her unusual story in a memoir earlier this year.

Squiggy was mostly cute. He was abandoned because his owners thought he was a chicken. When he turned out to be a rooster, he was no longer allowed to be kept as a pet.

” LEARN MORE: A South Jersey woman rescued 11 dogs, 20 goats, 15 horses, a skunk, 2 llamas and 600 other animals

“Everyone loves that rooster,” Zaleski said in a phone interview Sunday, with the phone held to her ear by a volunteer while she milked goats. “He is such a fan favorite. People always joke, ‘We can put it in our jacket, or in our purse.’ He is like a kitten. He is always there.

When Squiggy was last seen, Zaleski said, it was a very busy day visiting. “We don’t think a predator got him because he was mostly hanging out near the stage where there were a lot of people,” the farm said. wrote in a Facebook post, shared by around 1,300 people from Sunday. “We are reviewing all Funny Farm Rescue camera footage from that day.”

Although Zaleski had about 115 other roosters on the farm, Squiggy was the star and was not available for adoption (there are also concerns about bird flu currently). And while it’s a truism about the farm that anyone used to having dogs on leashes and pets fenced in can feel bewildered seeing all the animals roaming around unrestrained, Zaleski says they don’t have never scared an animal off the 25-acre farm.

“The door is open,” Zaleski said in an interview in March. “People are like, ‘Aren’t they leaving?’ And I said, ‘If you’re an animal, would you go? Who would go?'”

On Sunday, Zaleski reiterated that it’s highly unlikely that Squiggy chose to go it alone by heading out along Railroad Boulevard in Mays Landing.

“He’s not going anywhere,” she said. “He sings all the time. He hasn’t gone anywhere in the two years we’ve had him.

Anyone with information on Squiggy’s whereabouts is asked to call or text Zaleski at 609-742-9410.

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Eugenics yesterday and today | Insider HS https://brainethics.org/2022/11/10/eugenics-yesterday-and-today-insider-hs/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:03:50 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/10/eugenics-yesterday-and-today-insider-hs/ Science is one of the main reasons humans have progressed over the years, from discovering fire to creating the internet. Science is a truly fascinating subject; however, there are times when science can go too far. Even science, despite all its advantages, can be used for evil purposes. One such malicious use of science was the study of eugenics, or what many people like to call scientific racism.

What is eugenics?

According to National Institute for Human Genome Research, the theory of eugenics states that perfect humans can be achieved by eliminating all other undesirable genetics that people are born with, such as genetic diseases. To achieve this goal, a mother and father with favorable genetics will breed and create a child, and in theory that child will continue with other people with favorable genetics until we get the perfect person. Segregation and persecution are used against those who were considered bad bread.

modern eugenics

According Alpha History, the Nazi party was strongly influenced by eugenics. From 1933 to 1945, the Germans carried a plan that would “cleanse” society, a plan that would eliminate the negative genetic qualities of the German people, called the German Euthanasia Program. The Nazis believed that those who were genetically ill should be sterilized and killed. They believed in the superiority of races: the German race was the perfect race, while basically the Jews were considered by anti-Semites to be the worst of races. The “hereditary health” law was passed by Hitler, obliging doctors to register all health defects of a German civilian, except for women aged 45 and over. The courts considered these cases one by one to determine whether or not the recorded person should be killed or not. There was also a ban on mixed marriages. The law for the protection of the genetic health of the German people was a law according to which couples wishing to marry must first obtain a certificate from the public health office. The couple would declare that the proposed marriage would not produce an ill-bred child.

And after?

According to Disability and Philopathy Forum, a technology known as CRISPR, allows parents to alter the traits and DNA of their children. It is used to treat many diseases such as hemophilia, cystic fibrosis and even cancer. All of this may sound nice at first, but thanks to this new kind of technology, human expectations and eugenic attitudes were going to change society. People may increasingly disapprove of existing disabled people. A country’s government may require pregnant women to use CRISPR.

As technology advances, the threat of eugenics and other forms of scientific racism also increases.

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Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Crushes AVMA and AAEP Position on Horse Slaughter as Humane Euthanasia https://brainethics.org/2022/11/08/letter-to-house-energy-and-commerce-committee-crushes-avma-and-aaep-position-on-horse-slaughter-as-humane-euthanasia/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:14:00 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/08/letter-to-house-energy-and-commerce-committee-crushes-avma-and-aaep-position-on-horse-slaughter-as-humane-euthanasia/

Horses at the feedlot waiting to ship Axross to the US border for slaughter (photo by Retta Risley)

AWE- Advocates for Wild Equines Lobby Coalition urges Americans to question the ethics of veterinary associations that oppose the SAFE Act.

USA, November 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Breaking News!.. AWE- Advocates for Wild Equines Lobby Coalition delivered a rebuttal letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee on November 7, 2022!!!

Several collaborating organizations have also pledged to support this effort. The AWE letter clarifies the truth about horse slaughter and contradicts the position of the AVMA and AAEP which describes equine slaughter as a humane form of euthanasia.

AWE Lobby Coalition conducts a confidential survey of veterinarians in the United States. Although very preliminary; the results demonstrate that the majority of respondents do not support the position expressed by the AVMA and AAEP in their letters to the Congressional committee.

Click to read the full letter delivered by AWE to the House E&C Committee.

AWE urges constituents of any E&C committee member to call that member to ensure they have read the letter and support the passage of SAFE HR3355.

Click here to check if your representative is on the House E&C Committee

Britta Hesla
AW, E-Advocates for Wild Equines Lobby Coalition
awecoalition@gmail.com
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Why medical assistance in dying for minors is a problem | Opinion https://brainethics.org/2022/11/05/why-medical-assistance-in-dying-for-minors-is-a-problem-opinion/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/05/why-medical-assistance-in-dying-for-minors-is-a-problem-opinion/

Abel Pelletier was only 4 years old when his mother, Karie-Lyn Pelletier, began asking the Canadian Parliament to authorize a doctor to commit suicide in a medically assisted death.

Abel was severely disabled due to a rare disease called Mednik syndrome. The disease is incurable, although medications can manage some aspects of the disease. Yet this case is not what most people think of when they think of euthanasia or assisted suicide. They’re thinking of terminally ill elderly people, not 4-year-olds.

But this is where Canada notoriously broad laws allowing physician-assisted suicide have come to an end.

Despite controversy over other cases – including Alan Nicholswho had only one health condition listed on his euthanasia request, hearing loss – the laws are set for expansion Next year.

As early as March, Canada could authorize “mature minors” die by euthanasia or assisted suicide without parental consent. “Mature minors” is a loosely defined concept with no specific age; children deemed capable of making their own medical decisions could seek medically assisted death.

To put this into context, before children in Canada can drive vehicles, they may be allowed to consent to doctors taking their lives. Equally appalling is the number of adults speaking out in favor of expanding the law to include mature minors as well as infants and the mentally ill.

Dying with Dignity Canada wrote in favor of extending eligibility to minors, proposing 12 as the minimum age required.

Dr. Louis Roy, of the College of Physicians of Quebec, recently recommended at a parliamentary assembly that babies up to 1 year old be candidates for assisted suicide if they present “severe deformities or very serious and severe syndromes”. . While Roy clarified that it should be for babies with hopeless diagnoses or extreme suffering, the bioethicist and physician Felipe E. Vizcarrondo stated that neonatal euthanasia cannot be “ethically acceptable” and “there is a lot of room for parental, medical, personal, social and economic biases”.

In reality, 64% of Canadians support access to medical assistance in dying for “mature minors”.

Kill the vulnerable

Medical assistance in dying for minors is not an entirely new phenomenon. Netherlands allowed for 12 year olds with parental consent and 16 year olds without. In addition, euthanasia for babies 12 months and under is legal in Netherlands. Its neighbor to the south, Belgiumhas no age limit, but requires parental consent for children under 18 and requires that the child has a terminal illness or is near death.

Presented as health care and cloaked in seemingly compassionate language, medically assisted death is portrayed by its proponents as a way to preserve human dignity, but it appears to be a way to kill the vulnerable. UN officials have previously written that Canada’s euthanasia laws appear to violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discriminate against the poor, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Equally worrying when it comes to children and young adults, whose minds have not yet fully developedis that some may view physician-assisted suicide as an escape from potentially improving circumstances.

write for Common sense, Rupa Subramanya told the story of Kiano Vafaeian, a 23-year-old Canadian who was approved for medical assistance in dying with depression and diabetes as eligibility requirements. The procedure was scheduled for September 22.

On September 7, Vafaeian’s mother, Marguerite Marsille, found an email the doctor wrote to his son explaining the process. After Marsilla was able to draw media attention to her son’s case, the doctor refused to perform the procedure. She was able to temporarily stop her son’s death (even though he was over 18) by bringing attention to herself. But if Canada expands its laws regarding medical assistance in dying, parents of minors may not be able to intervene.

Proponents argue for medical assistance in dying on the basis of human rights. Dr. Derryck Smith, a psychiatrist at the University of British Columbia, has said“MAID aims to alleviate suffering, respect human dignity, and recognize the inherent right of individuals to make decisions affecting their health and even death.”

“Perverse Deterrence”

Good people can disagree about whether it is morally acceptable for human beings to choose when they die. But there is no doubt that physician-assisted suicide provides what one Toronto doctor called a “perverse deterrentfor Canada’s publicly funded health care system to choose death over expensive treatment and support. Canada already talks macabre about medical assistance in dying as a policy that can save millions of dollars.

A Canadian patient with a degenerative brain disorder, Roger Foley, said the director of ethics spoke about the cost of keeping him in the hospital. When Foley asked about long-term care, the director said, “My role was to talk to you, (to see) if you had an interest in assisted dying.” another doctor reportedly called a mother “selfish” when she refused medical assistance in dying for her daughter.

Canadians’ attitudes toward medical assistance in dying appear to have been largely influenced by a criminal case that occurred nearly two decades ago. Before assisted suicide was legal, Robert Latimer killed his daughter due to her serious medical problems, including cerebral palsy, compressed organs, chronic pain, and the inability to speak or feed herself. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 10 years. A survey conducted shortly after his conviction determined that 73% of Canadians believed Latimer should have received a more lenient sentence and 41% of Canadians believed that “mercy killings” should be considered legal.

Last year, over 10,000 Canadians chose to end their lives with medical assistance, a number that climbs every year. Abel Pelletier, the 4-year-old whose mother requested medical assistance in dying, was not among them; he deceased earlier this year. But Canada’s grim death toll from MAID may well include children in 2023 — to its shame.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.

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Adoptions are up, euthanasias are down | Opinion https://brainethics.org/2022/11/03/adoptions-are-up-euthanasias-are-down-opinion/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:12:31 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/03/adoptions-are-up-euthanasias-are-down-opinion/

It’s a very exciting time at the Sangamon County Animal Adoption and Control Center. We think it’s important to share with the many pet owners and residents of Sangamon County the many changes we’ve made.

We are always looking to improve ourselves in order to better serve all our customers, whether they are on two or four legs. We’ve done just that, and the details are listed below. The big highlight is that we have increased staff and significantly increased resources, and focused more of those resources on animal care. We have a new expert group of veterinarians assisting us and we have hired our very first Animal Care Manager. We have re-established our volunteer program with a primary focus of animal enrichment, and the program is now run internally by county staff with greater oversight. We look forward to expanding this program as new applications are received and processed. We also made much-needed improvements to buildings and provided additional staff training.

But above all, euthanasia is down and adoptions up. It was truly a team effort between animal control and outside organizations. We thank our many partner organizations who work closely with us to ensure that as many animals as possible find new homes. We have been fortunate to have so many existing and new partners and are always on the lookout for more.

Under state law, our primary mandate is to protect the public from sick and dangerous animals. It is important work. But we know that kennel care and pet adoption has also become an important part of what we do. We take all of our responsibilities seriously and we believe it shows. I am proud to say that Sangamon County again passed a state inspection with the highest possible score, for the third time in a row.

Other achievements:

• Continued to significantly reduce animal euthanasia, while continuing to provide the service at the request of citizens and provide humane housing for terminally ill animals.

• Increased kennel staff, including a newly created Animal Care Manager position dedicated solely to direct medical care for animals housed at the shelter.

• Increased funding for emergency medical care for shelter animals, with $50,000 provided annually for emergency animal care for cases beyond routine care.

• We instituted additional professional training for shelter staff and volunteers, based on national standards and delivered by experts in the field.

• Establishment of a Veterinary Advisory Group to provide additional regular input from local veterinarians on animal care and policies and procedures.

• Provided over $500,000 for improvements to the Animal Control and Adoption Center buildings, creating a more comfortable and safe environment.

• Policies and procedures have been revamped to follow industry best practices, resulting in improved service areas such as pet adoption, volunteer involvement and kennel cleaning.

• More transparency and communication of data on the activities of the Animal Control and Adoption Center.

Gail O’Neill is director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. She writes in response to October 20 THIS GUESTWORK, “Animal control must address underlying issues”, by Jane McBride.

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Paula Fasseas – Chicago Magazine https://brainethics.org/2022/10/31/paula-fasseas-chicago-magazine/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:23:28 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/10/31/paula-fasseas-chicago-magazine/

AAn animal lover from an early age, Paula Fasseas dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Instead, she studied business administration, honing the skills that helped her found PAWS Chicago 25 years ago. Through its murder-free adoption shelters and sliding-scale sterilization clinics, the nonprofit is leading a movement that has reduced Chicago’s euthanasia rate by 91% since 1997.

The PAWS Executive Chair lives on the Gold Coast with her 4-year-old terrier mix, MB It has been a year of heartbreak for Fasseas, who lost her mother, husband and 19-year-old dog, all within a time of six months. “What really helps me through this time,” she says, “is the fitness and wellness part of life, staying busy and being grateful instead of focusing on the sad parts.”

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How do you start your day?

“I’ve always been in the morning. I wake up between 4 and 5 in the morning, I need that quiet time. I do intermittent fasting four or five days a week, so I have calories in just six hours. It’s great for my blood sugar. I’m a big foodie and used to wake up thinking about coconut cream pie, but now I don’t have those cravings. So I get up, have my black coffee and take Monsieur B for a walk.

What is your exercise routine?

“I do strength training and stretching at home with my trainer, and I do three to five miles on my elliptical. I also have an inversion table, which stretches your back and your body. I stay on it for three to five minutes every day. It strengthens your spine and allows fluid to enter your discs. I’ve always exercised, but stepped it up after I turned 60. I feel fitter and more agile than ever. I never could have done a split in high school, but now I can!

How do pets fit into your wellness philosophy?

“An amazing thing about dogs and cats: they keep you in the present. When you play with an animal, you are in the moment, you laugh with it. I’ve noticed this year, especially during a sad time in my life, being in the present is so much better than thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

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Marketing Canadian euthanasia as a soft and comforting choice https://brainethics.org/2022/10/29/marketing-canadian-euthanasia-as-a-soft-and-comforting-choice/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:28:45 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/10/29/marketing-canadian-euthanasia-as-a-soft-and-comforting-choice/

One of Canada’s best-known fashion retailers, based in Quebec The Simon House, launched an advertising campaign based on euthanasia. A three-minute video on YouTube, backed by one-minute and 30-second versions, as part of the company’s “Everything is Beauty” marketing strategy, depicts a 37-year-old woman named Jennyfer as she preparing for “medical assistance in dying”. ”.

It opens to an empty hospital room. “Dying in the hospital is not what is natural, it is not what is sweet. In times like these you need sweetness,” she says. He shows her on a beach and in a forest, always surrounded by a crowd of friends. There are giant luminescent floating creatures – jellyfish and a whale – cheesecake, candles and giant glyphs etched in the sand. The camera work is breathtaking .

“I’ve spent my life filling my heart with beauty, nature, connection,” she says. “So I chose to fill my final moments with the same.”

The video ends with the words “For Jennyfer: June 1985 to October 2022”, then “Everything is beauty” with a small Simons logo below.

The man behind the video is Paul Simon, who has just left his position as CEO to become the main merchant of his company, the oldest family business in Canada. He explains his marketing strategy in a companion video. “We are a company that values ​​community, connection and compassion,” he explains. “The events of recent years have shown us how important and necessary these values ​​are in our world today.

“[We] made the brave choice to use the privilege of our voice and our platform to create something meaningful, something less about commerce and more about connection,” he says.

As a Canadian marketing website notes, “The trend for marketers to speak out on important social issues has been taken to a new level,” with the “Everything is Beauty” campaign. It is bound to be controversial.

As Mr. Simons applauds euthanasia as a beautiful choice, stories are beginning to appear in Canadian media about people with mental illness who feel pressured to choose MAID because they have no choice. .

Mitchell Tremblay, 40, suffers from severe depression, anxiety, alcoholism, personality disorders and continual suicidal thoughts. He is unemployed and poor. He is eager to qualify for MAID. “You know what your life is worth to you. And mine is worth nothing.” he told CTV News.

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