This isn't a slam against putting your pets to sleep. In the currently running thread about euthanasia several people have stated that it's the humane thing to do for your pet when he or she is in pain or no longer enjoying life. One poster even said it would be cruel to not end your pet's life. But if it's humane to do to our pets, and I'm not necessarily debating that, why not actual humans? Your mamaw in the nursing home who doesn't know you or even herself, who cries every day because she's confused, who uses a diaper, who must be force-fed mushy food...why not call it: it's time to end her life. Especially if someone has indicated they do not want to live if she reaches that point, why allow them to suffer? Even if she had signed an advanced directive (is that what they're called?), it wouldn't help her in this situation. Is it "playing God" if you decide to end a human life but not a cat's life? I read a book about a man whose sick wife asked him to end her life...I believe it was called "Mercy". Of course, he was thought to have murdered her. We all know about Kevorkian. There are other such stories. So the issue is out there, but it seems to be pretty much ignored. I'm just curious about your thoughts. Should there be something for those people who are not being kept alive by drugs or medicine but who are living a horrible, miserable life...an advanced directive of sorts? Or would that be just too subjective and dangerous?