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Laura Rodriguez wrote:

Hi, guys —

My question has to do with euthanasia.

  • If a dog is suffering and the veterinarian suggests to euthanize the animal, is it a sin
    to put them down?

Laura

  { If a veterinarian suggests to euthanize an animal, is it a sin to put them down? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Laura —

No, it is not a sin to put the animal down.

This is what the Catechism states about animals:

Respect for the integrity of creation

2415 The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity. Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man's dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.

2416 Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care.
By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.

2417 God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in his own image. Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing. They may be domesticated to help man in his work and leisure. Medical and scientific experimentation on animals is a morally acceptable practice if it remains within reasonable limits and contributes to caring for or saving human lives.

2418 It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly.
It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons.

2457 Animals are entrusted to man's stewardship; he must show them kindness. They may be used to serve the just satisfaction of man's needs.

In addition to what paragraph 2418 of the Catechism states, we always have to remind ourselves that the biggest differences between [a man and a woman] and animals are: our souls.

Men and women have immoral souls, souls that live beyond this life, in either Heaven or Hell.
Animals only have mortal or earthly souls.

Yes, this means there are no animals in Heaven; Heaven was intended for men and women, us!
Check out my special piece on this topic on my Basics for non-Christians web page:

Hope this helps,

Mike

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