Thank you for reading, Shreeda.
It’s good that we can consider euthanasia at any time for animals, but it also invites muddled motives. Even if it’s morally permissible to euthanize an animal towards the end of its life in part because they’re becoming very difficult and expensive to care for properly, all things considered it may sometimes be better not to hide from opportunities to develop virtues.
At the same time, I don’t want to do the wrong thing and torture Chip into the ground in a misguided attempt to righteously develop my own character. Especially not as some kind of coincidental substitute for caregiving I am not able to provide for the dying human in my life (geographically separated). Anyways maybe the grass is a little greener, it does not seem that that person’s primary caregiver (another of my family members) is really reveling in the spiritual opportunity.
Caring for living things is extremely tiring but a part of the fatigue is self-inflicted, by faulty underestimation of the moral value in care work. Anyone who gets up a lot of times at night with babies or pets is going to end up tired, I have some pregnancy-related back pain that’s pretty troublesome. But it adds insult to injury to inject cognitive dissonance to the mix, to shortchange yourself by believing on some level that changing diapers, giving pills, etc is just grunt work that doesn’t really matter.