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Is euthanasia for humans the same as euthanasia for animals?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Euthanasia, whether referring to animals or humans, is the act of intentionally ending life to relieve pain and for the benefit of the one suffering. When considering euthanasia, or mercy killing, for animals, the same legal or ethical implications do not always apply as they do with humans. When considering euthanasia for human beings, ethical and moral questions arise, making it a very controversial topic.

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