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Ok so let's use the analogy of a dying squirrel again, you believe it's dying and suffering. What do you do? Do you hit it with the stick or do you let nature take it's own course?
I would bash it with the stick, purely because I'm under strong suspicion it is going to die soon anyway. It's last moments are suffering so why not end it's suffering?
From a karmic aspect I would feel worse for walking away and leaving it to die slowly, than if I ended its life. However this goes against the precepts.
But the same goes if you take your dog to the vet to get put down, you and the vet have gone against the precepts and are likely to have some karma affect.
Why can't a Dr assist a dying person? If I was dying I'd thank the doctor for helping me go quickly! But he's not allowed! He is a healer only, even though it's natural to die.
I've heard the argument that we shouldn't kill anything, for any reason. Mainly due to the heavy heavy result on our karma. That suffering is a part of life and all creatures die. We can't put human emotions to want to end the suffering on the animal, to let it be.
I would have a problem with the above, how do you guys feel?