Wayne Stollings wrote:
I do notice that "beating" with a shovel is lumped in with killing an animal. I have had to kill animals and have have to use such an object to do so in an emergency BUT I made sure my sons were not able to see that level of violence associated with their pet. You may not believe it is a problem, but that does not make it a universal truth as seems to be implied in these later posts.
so if your sons made the choice at a mature 9 years old to watch and say goodbye to their beloved pet as it passed, you wouldn't allow that. its not how i parent, but it's your choice in how you raise your kids wayne.
I just pointed out that putting a pet down is considerably different from beating it head in with a shovel by any definition. The children who are mature enough to say good-by to a pet that is being euthanized and to witness that passing may not be mature enough to witness the more violent method. The posts seem to be lumping all types of euthanasia into one group, which is not the case. The type of euthanasia would be critical to the determination of whether a child should be allowed to witness the act.
i however, see my daughter still loves me, still seeks my advice, still wants me to help coach her basketball team (even though i know jack shit about basketball strategies..lol) and still takes my advice in dealing with her cat. as well,l she still achieves at a high level scholastically, still puts forth incredible levels of emotion in her poetry and writing, still likes to be a girl in every sense, still likes archery, still has an interest in hunting, still has the responsible nature to do chores without having to be told.
That is very good, but there could still be scars that could affect her at some point in her life. I just would not want to have a child take that chance, myself. I do not see anything wrong with any other parent taking that same position. There may not be a problem with anyone taking another position, but there is a risk.
but he is not mature enough to be responsible for his pets, and i would consider sheltering him from witnessing a shovel killing of a pet, but he does not have pets yet that he is soley responsible for, so that is not an issue.
That is your choice as a parent. I am not sure that a shovel killing of a pet is something most children should witness. If you believe your children are different it is your choice, but that is in no way a standard for anyone else.