Muriel Juers, Wadena, Minn., Published March 16 2013
Letter: Doctor Fox should concentrate on animalsThe March 8 Farmers Forum insert had a Philadelphia writer ask Dr. Michael Fox these questions in the pet care column:
- How do pets feel when humans end their lives when they are ill?
- How do animals think and feel about it?
- Do we have the right to do that to other beings?
The all-knowing doctor goes on to lump animals and humans together to answer. If people and animals knew they are going to die and are insecure, they need help from caregivers to make the transition. “In some instances, animals like people and their loved ones are blessed with an easy passage, dying in their sleep or in the arms of their loved ones without any anesthetic or pain, heart and brain-stopping medications. Empathy and compassion must take precedence over extending life at all costs.”
Dr. Fox, if you want to write a pet care column, I suggest you not advise people how to make an easy transition or use brain stopping medications.
I would believe my maker who “gives life and breath to all creation” (Acts 17:25). After God created Adam and Eve, he gave them dominion over fish, birds and every living thing that moves on the Earth. So there is quite a difference between man and animals. We don’t have the right to end human life.
So, Dr. “Kevorkian” Fox, please stick to giving pet care advice.