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Euthanasia – Ethical

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Euthanasia is ethical. While the idea of putting a human or an animal to death may not sound entirely pleasant, it can be the better alternative to a life filled with pain and suffering. Euthanizing an individual for no apparent reason is definitely wrong. However, deciding to euthanize an individual that is on the verge of death is not entirely incorrect. Euthanasia is a very difficult concept to contend with because it involves the process of allowing someone to die. It is most commonly performed on animals. When an animal has a serious illness, or is in too much pain to live, the owner and the veterinarian discuss the idea of euthanizing the animal. The general conclusion is that the owner would rather not see the animal have to suffer any longer. Knowing that the animal will die will be very difficult, however, it would have been more difficult to see the animal struggle with the disease. With the disease, the animal would have had to die slowly and painfully. However, euthanasia allowed the animal to die rapidly and peacefully.

The same theory is true for humans. Euthanasia is probably the most important when considering the consequences of a terminal illness. Without the use of euthanasia, the disease becomes worse and worse. The disease causes the person so much pain, and the treatment methods cause the person even more pain. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness means spending an abundant amount of time in the hospital, and never again being able to live the beautiful life that existed before the onset of the illness. Euthanasia may take a few minutes, yet a terminal disease can last for years. All of those years will be filled with pain and sorrow. 

The concept of "battling" a disease always seems so vile and paradoxical. The disease is what captivates the person. There is not a significant amount of control a person can have when the cells of their body decide to start dividing uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors everywhere. Stories of cancer and other horrible illnesses are not unknown. When a person is diagnosed with such an illness, they may not want to experience the pain. Therefore, when a person is in a severe amount of pain, and there is no more hope in living, then the person should have the choice in determining whether or not they want to be euthanized. By dying, the person will be able to be free from their pain. The desire to want that freedom is more than ethical.

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