There's no need to thank me about this!
I think I understand. However, if you continue that logic further, then you shouldn't give pain killers either as the animal then will also not fully experience the fruit of his/her karma. It is on pain killers and thus not suffering.
He is experiencing it alright. Still, we can help beings when they are experiencing the results of negative karma. There is also positive karma in action when a being has someone that cares for him. The point here is not only allowing the being to ripen the results of karma. It's also of helping it to have a serene process of dying.
Still, some will be agitated and some won't. And, I don't know about where Inge lives but here the vet will come to the house to put the animal down. Yes, you are probably right there are enough sedatives which calm. I have no experience with pain killers or sedatives--neither personally nor profesionally--so I believe you. How does sedation effect beings in the Bardo? I am sure it does something but I would not know what exactly. You probably received more teachings on the subject than I did.
In the case of an animal it matters little as it can't practice in the bardo, afaik. So it's more a matter of giving it a death in a known, calm environment.
But... putting an animal down is generally accepted practice. Keeping it alive and let it die by itself is not (at least not to my knowledge). I guess my main reason for arguing the opposite of most Buddhist views is that I don't want Inge to feel guilty no matter what she decides. Life sucks.
We screw things all the time due to our ignorance, habits, you name it. It's as you say, life sucks. We screw things even when we don't want to. My first words were "it's hard to say", because not having fully developed supramundane perception one can only guess what's involved in a situation like this. Mainly her intention is what counts in terms of karma, since the animal is really sick and all. My main problem here is that sometimes vets give up too soon and rather kill the animal than save it added to the fact that it seems best if the animal has the best death possible. I went through this a lot of times and it's not easy. Not always things work well and sometimes these experiences are hard.
Yes, but putting them down equals a calm death to me. I think it is possible.
I considered that hypothesis too. An easy, quick death to avoid further suffering, right? But after thinking a long time about it and reading all I could, it still seems better to provide a better environment so that the animal dies with the most comfort possible, naturally. Death is never pretty, not mattering the path we chose.
Well, you are probably right. No offense taken by the way. I am aware my view might not be in complete agreement with Buddhist orthodoxy and is probably caused because I leave a tiny speck of room for the possibility that life just ends when we die. Not really but just in case.
Life ends, that you can be sure of. Life and death are both deluded perceptions.
Checking our motivations is always a good thing. I agree with your last sentence contrary though it may seem in light of the rest of my post.
I understand your point and your dilemma. Your motivation is also noble.
I wonder about more thing though. Often, though not in this case, we have extended the lives of our animals by a lot of medical means previously unavailable. They would be long gone if it weren't for the pills we give them twice/thrice a day. So, don't you think that when they become really sick, since we actually extended their life and thus causing them more suffering, we should be the ones to take responsibility and decide to end it as well. However hard this may be?
I prefer to think medicine is the result of positive karma. As long as it is positive, we should use it. However, we must be mindful that all that is born eventually dies.
Anyway, Inge, whatever you decide is right. Your motivation is pure and your rabbit is in great hands. Om Mani Padme Hum for your rabbit.
Indeed. Right or not is not the point. The point is that her rabbit is in great hands.