MONEY MORAL DILEMMA: Should Anne put the animals down?
Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:
Should Anne put the animals down?
Anne's always been an animal lover and over the years has acquired many strays. She's got a pony, two goats, four dogs, three cats and a hamster - many getting on in years and with medical problems. A year ago she lost her job - her savings have gone, and she's struggling to keep her home. Her biggest cost is the animals' welfare & food. Nobody wants to take them.
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Update Note From Martin
A quick response on the "this shouldn't be discussed its not appropriate" notes a few have listed.
This is a more common situation than you think it originates from a similar (though no identical) question posed to me about what the options were for pets when the money had run out.
In the past I once did a money makeover on a woman who's was massively overspending due to her animals and causing financial problems. As some in the thread have said they have been put in severe debt due to animal costs.
Just because the consequences of this aren't nice - doesn't mean we don't need think how to deal with it.
Being open to debate is important
This is a pure money moral dilemma - putting animals down is not illegal. Financially not having the animals adds up, yet is it morally acceptible. It's a moral v a money situation - exactly the type of MMD many people need face.
We live in a meat eating society - animals are killed for food all the time - the moral difference between that and putting an animal down so someone can afford to eat - is a relatively fine line. Different people draw conclusions on both sides of it. It's also worth noting at some point if she loses her home and is declared bankrupt the animals may be homesless and without food too.
Of course its to be hoped sancturies and animal welfare charities would take the animals - indeed she is very obviously an animal lover as are many - and no one wants to think of animals suffering - and it will cause great emotion to get rid of them. Yet I've heard reports that especially old and sick animals can't always be catered for (though have no empirical evidence).
Would it be different if it were a farmer who had livestock that couldn't sell and thus his choice was to cull them in order to cut costs?
Why debate it?
The point of the MMD is to make people think - to come up with a situation where different people will have opposing views and learn from each other.
Hopefully anyone in a similar position will be able to learn from the tips, solutions and options given above.
Please lets try and have a sensible rational debate about what some people face as a real economic and ethical reality.
PS Some animal shelters to help anyone in this position provided by people in this thread.
Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.
Helping the Harder to Home Cats ('Top Cats' section) - Most rescues find they have a few cats that always seem to be overlooked, and often stay in care for months or even years. They may be elderly, have a medical condition, be very shy, or are simply passed by in favour of prettier or younger cats. Rescues can feature any 'harder to home' cats on our Top Cats section. This section has been very successful in finding new homes for many cats, some of whom had almost given up hope.
Special notice should be given to Paws Here in Edinburgh - I support and regularly donate to this shelter and I take in their elderly rats when I can.
I am less familiar with farm animals but I have these links which may help:
This site in general is really good for around the country shelters:
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