01-16-2009, 02:14 PM
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I have read several vetinary and MD statements of the problems in using sodium pentobarbitol, also I have a living relitive who while under sedation for surgery using sodium pentobarbitol can recount everything that occured during her surgery. (She won her case by the way) You will notice that anethesia requires you to sign a release form... there is good reason for that...
I'm in real trouble, I have a cow that my kids ride, she has a name, she will wait at the gate for you, when she has gotten out she comes to the window of the house to see if you'll come out and play (not fun cleaning cow snot off a window)... Oh and she is here for one reason... to breed and produce beef for our freezer. When she is no longer useful I suspect she will also become hamburger.
I would guess that this would bother some folks... and that is ok... however, it all comes down to what her purpose on this earth is...
If finacial times are good and I could manage to keep that mixed up cow, I might do it... but dollars are still dollars. I have rescued more animals than I can list but keeping animals costs money. I currently have 9 rescued animals on my property, 5 foster animals that others have rescued... and just this week I got laid off from my job... guess what I have to do???
I have to make some tough decisions, who stays, who goes... the 5 foster animals leave next week. I have placed calls for many of the others. The animals that are kept will be those that are purposeful... Horse, a couple dogs, cows, sheep. Horse stays because I can and have been using him as transportation. Dogs are security system. Cows and sheep are food.
When people won't make the hard decisions are when animals get put out to a pasture and are unmanaged, when hard decisions are allowed to be held off animals get abused and starved. Slaughter regardless of method is still better than slow miserable death by starvation that I have personally tried to rescued animals from. Yes sometimes they can be rescued, but not always. I have a grave yard to prove it.
Morals are a hard thing to figure... some of the same folks I know who are so very anti animal cruelty are the same ones who stand up and support human abortion. Something I just can't understand. Morals is not the purpose of religion, religion is a vehichle in the worship of a given diety. Hopefully that diety stands for a set of morals that build civilization and not destroy... but that is also another off topic matter.