Euthanasia is a sad but necessary decision when our dogs or cats enter their final days. While its difficult to see them in pain and discomfort, it’s often more emotionally stressful to transport them to the veterinarian’s office to put them down. So, it’s understandable that pet owners might seek an alternative venue for a pet’s final good-bye.
While the thought of “no kill” shelters brings a smile to animal advocates, many are cognizant there's a significant grey area that exists regarding euthanasia. In an ideal world, we’d like to believe there would be no need for animal shelters — that strays, abused and unwanted pets didn’t exist. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Aside from ‘singularity’ potentially overtaking mankind in the foreseeable future, from my perspective, today we face an equally important philosophical dilemma, namely — should robotic life-forms be considered our pets? After all, they’re not human — and like an adopted dog or cat, wouldn’t their creators or owners be considered their guardians . . . or more to the point, their pet owners?