Euthanasia done right is not a word to be tossed around lightly
Jack Kevorkian used to want to be a veterinarian. That's one of many things I learned from my friend-in-the-vet-biz (and TV star), Dr. Marty Becker. Now, I'm not exactly sure how he came by that info, but he's from Idaho and I hear they just know things in those parts.
Anyhow, the point stands: the poster child for assisted suicide (aka euthanasia) in the human world is a might-have-been veterinarian. (For the record, I think he would've made a great vet).
So is it too much of a stretch to assume that good old Jack of lethal injection fame came by his politics of death after observing how beautifully our pets pass when the process is attended to in a professional and loving manner?
I don't think so. After all, anyone who's had great experiences on the pet death front can probably make the leap between human and animal euthanasia pretty readily. In fact, it's not uncommon for my clients, tearfully stroking their pets' still-warm remains, to claim to hope death services like ours might be available by the time it's their turn to go.
And how can you blame them for wanting that? I don't. It's everything I'd ever want for myself and my family. Though I'd insist on being at home — I've always preferred to euthanize my patients in a domestic setting, and house calls are always on offer for those who share my preference. It's a perfectly peaceful experience — almost always, anyway.
So do you blame Kevorkian for taking his sensibilities further? I don't. Not one bit. But then, I come by that POV naturally. Perhaps it's exactly that kind of sensibility that drove me to vet medicine in the first place.
Dr. Patty Khuly