Does the Catholic Church permits euthanasia for pets?

@ronaldinu (12440)
Malta
November 15, 2008 2:00am CST
I know that the Catholic Church does not allow euthanasia for human beings. The Church believes that life is a gift by god and no one has a right over the life of his life or that of the others. However, is euthanasia permitted for pets? What do you think about this subject? © ronaldinu 2008
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Dec 08
Thanks for the best response.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I'm not Catholic but I thought I'd give you my philosophy because we each get a penny--and because I think my beliefs are valid if you consider God is a loving father. Most religions don't think animals have a soul, but animals feel emotions so they must have a soul. You've heard about dogs that mourn for their deceased "owners"? They have a soul, they have feelings. God put us in charge of the animal world, and would He have us make an animal suffer needlessly when we could end that suffering? This is a sore point with me. We have no problem helping our pets cross over to the other side, to a better existence, yet we deny the humans we love the same freedom. We keep them here, suffering, in horrible pain or humiliation, because we "value life". The Catholic church is very, very contradictory. It prohibits birth control yet, with all its riches, does nothing to help impoverished Catholic families that have more children than they can feed. And that's just the beginning of my standard rant, I'm sorry if you're Catholic if I offended you. There is a lot of good in the Catholic Church but there's an awfully lot of f*%&ed up stuff about it, too.
• United States
10 Feb 09
Your comment that the Catholic church prohibits birth control is absolutely incorrect (I say this as a catechist for the church). Futhermore if you mean by the Catholic church- the Vatican, it is actually incredibly poor, it is staffed almost entirely by priests and nuns that get paid basically only room and board, it's annual budget is on the order of 300 million for the whole city state, including the upkeep of buildings, museums, running the newspapers etc.. When you consider that a standard budget for professional labor in the US, is that it costs a typical US company 1 million a year to pay wages and benefits for *10* people, and there are literally thousands of people that work at the Vatican, you see just how small a budget that is. Additionally the Vatican does not generate *any* income,(other than token little things like the post office stamps etc.) the 300 million comes from a collection taken one day a year called "Peter's pence" from Catholics around the world, what they give in a year, is what the Vatican has to spend...period. Thatis all the cash in the world the Vatican has. Yes there are incredible works of art, but those are a cultural heritage that belongs to all Catholics and the world, the Vatican has no right to sell them for cash. From a governmental perspective Vatican was stuck with the onerous task of upkeep and endless conservation, preservation of the history of the ages. If you mean the Catholic church as a whole, and consider not only money, but donated labor in the form of missionaries, both religous and lay people, arguablely it gives more aid to developing countries than the UN and US combined. There is *nothing* contradictory about the Catholic religion, your post reflects your ignorant and prejuiced views. (I can almost hear the tired old bigoted saw about the Catholic Church being the "richest corporation in the world" behind your post) If you have any integrity and any guts you will get a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic church and read what the church positions really are and what the church really teaches. And attend an RCIA series to find out pastorally what that means. I DARE you.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Ok, I'll try to get a copy of the catechism and read it. I'm open to learning. But I have a cousin who converted and she says anything but the rhythm method of birth control is prohibited. I'm so disturbed about that because poor people have so many children that they can't support because of this unreliable method and birth control pills are supposed to be a sin. That's what my cousin told me that her priest says and tries to enforce. I've known others of the faith that say the same thing. I do like the fact that divorce is not acceptable to the religion because I think too many people split up too easily and I feel marriage is a sacred institution. As to the riches, I have read time and again about all the land the church owns and get revenue from. But I did not take into account the support of the the Vatican state, which I imagine must be horrendously expensive. Remember, I did say that there are many good things about the Church. I feel many contradictory feelings about it--I admire their devoutness and unshakable faith and the congregation is just about the most sincere of all Christian religions, but I feel it is too heavy-handed and uses feelings of guilt too much.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
16 Nov 08
haha.. It's still a life after all.. FOr dog lovers, or even animal lovers, they will surely object to it.. But for non animal lovers, they will see them as filthy animals, and that they dun belogn to the same league as humans.. It's all about mentality in the minds of those ple.. But when it comes to religion, everything has got its life, and that, every life must be cherished.. lol
@Galena (9123)
16 Nov 08
no. you're wrong. if you love animals you don't let them suffer. if you hate dogs then you let your pet linger on in pain until they die naturally. because that's the sort of thing you'd only do to someone you hate and want to suffer
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Nov 08
We had a Shitzu Poodle who had been with us since she was three weeks old (her mother kicked her out and she was a runt) She lived to be in her mid twenties and at the end she was completely blind, she had convulsions, and we felt that it was in the best interest and more compassionate to take her to the vet and put her to sleep. That is what my husband did. But she had been with us, and the boys played with her, that when she was gone, we did not want another pet. She was one of the family.
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15 Nov 08
Hi ronaldinu, Well I don't think the Catholic Church thinks much about pets anyway and I have come away from that religion so I don't know what they think about it. Do you? Tamara
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
15 Nov 08
I don't think the Catholic Church would care as dogs don't have souls. Do they?
@Galena (9123)
15 Nov 08
dogs have souls. I have no doubt of that. it angers me that in some Catholic countries, that is actually given as a reason why it is okay to abuse animals for entertainment (a classic example being the many brutal religious festivals in spain, featuring animal torture, like raping goats and throwing them from church spires, or getting donkeys drunk and riding them through the streets until they collapse and die) and the answer they give is that animals have no soul, and are here for our use. these people have less of a soul than any animals do. all animal species, ourselves included, have a soul.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Nov 08
Animals do not have an immortal soul. I know that there are some two think that when they get to heaven (if they do) that their cats and dogs will be right there and they will actually talk to them, but it will not happen. If they had souls, then they would be like the cartoon creatures. So therefore it is all right to put your pet down when it is very old and suffering. The animal will feel a temporary pain or just be put to sleep but it will feel no more. It will not wake up in dog hell and howl in torment, or wake up in dog heaven and run around in puppyland, it will forget and be no more. And is that not best? For if an animal had an immortal soul, when you ate hamburger or fish and chips, or toad in the hole, the cow, the cod, and the pig will look at you accusingly when you get to the other side. People do have immortal souls, because they are not animals and therefore it is wrong to euthanize them, do their request when they say no heroic measures but no withdrawal of food or water like those horrible people did to that poor woman in Florida so her ex could get her money and live high on the hog with his girl friend.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Well God did create life and that includes animals so I would think that it would be against their religion to have a animal euthanized.
@littleowl (7157)
16 Nov 08
Hi ronald yes I think it is alright after all if a dog is in pain and really just wanting to go, I beleive it is more humane to let them go by euthanasia, than to let them suffer in silence until they eventually die..it is also selfish as it is us that wants our pet to be with us for as song as possible and we find it hard to let go, whereas for the pet it would probably be the kindest thing you could do...littleowl
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
15 Nov 08
I don't think they have a policy on animals, there is always the question on if animals have souls or not and their is a big controversy about that.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
15 Nov 08
I am not Catholic but I can't think of a reason why it would not be permitted. Catholics eat meat and therefore know that animals must be killed to do so. A pet is just a domesticated animal. The church does not give equal status to people and animals.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
15 Nov 08
i really don't know any of the rules of the catolic church much but to be honest what u do w/your own pets is nonone's buisness but ur own.
@Galena (9123)
15 Nov 08
I hope so. it's awful to see when people keep a suffering pet alive for their own selfish reasons. if you really love them, you let them go with dignity.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
15 Nov 08
I do not think that they do mind it because I think the Catholic Church does not believe that animals have souls. I do believe they have souls but I also believe that if we can help them from suffering, that I cannot watch them suffer like that, and release them to God. It is a hard thing to do but it is worse seeing them suffer so much.