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Putting Down Animals

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on August 13, 2004

In Reply to: Putting Down Animals posted by ESC on August 13, 2004

: : Does anyone out there know why we say "putting down an animal" when we euthanize our furry friends?

: : thanks for the help. p

: When an animal is sick or injured, he is "down." Not standing.

Is the U.S. we'd say "we're having our parakeet put to sleep", but in England I believe they'd say "we're having our budgie put down". Another trans-Atlantic difference I learned from Monty Python.