Animal Ethics

You've probably heard the word "euthanasia" applied to dog pounds. Many or most of the dogs who are put to death in pounds are perfectly healthy. It's a sad day for horse lovers. Barbaro, the magnificent thoroughbred who broke his leg two weeks after winning the 2006 Kentucky Derby (I watched both races live), was put to death after taking a turn for the worse in his recovery. See here for the New York Times story. Barbaro's killing is a case of euthanasia.

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