Animal Euthanasia

I have decided to do my essay 3 on animal euthanasia and will be interviewing Pamela Burns, the CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society. This person is a white lady in her early to mid 50s, she’s had a lot of experience with animals and has been on many committees regarding various animal issues. I will ask the interviewee questions like what the process of euthanasia is, about how many animals are euthanized a day and year.


To me, malama means to care for and to protect. A topic I was thinking about researching is animal euthanasia, or human trafficking. It relates to malama because we have to be the voice our animals don’t have, and we also have to protect the women in Hawaii who may be in danger of a serious issue like human trafficking. Some sources I can use is an interview with the CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society, the humane society’s website, books, and articles on EBSCO Host. Some experts I can try to talk to is workers or volunteers at the humane society who have experience with animals, and animal euthanasia.


My first name is Kylynne. “Ky” from my dad’s middle name Kyle and “Lynne” because my mom’s name is Lynne. It doesn’t have a meaning but I like to think represents me being a little bit of my dad and a little bit of my mom. If I were given the chance I wouldn’t change my name, even my middle name, Ashley. For some reason I really liked the name Ashley when I was little and I thought I was so lucky and I wished it was my first name. But overall I really like my name, it’s unique and wouldn’t have chosen a better name for myself.

Eng 100: Essay 5: Self Reflection

Kylynne Rusher

Cara Chang

Eng 100


Essay 5

Self Reflection


“RO”, “Add: ‘.’”, Delete: ‘,’.” During my time in English 100, I have learned many new things. Some things I’ve learned is how I grew as a writer, I have learned about very meaningful topics in this class, and also had the great opportunity to also learn a few things about myself. You might be confused by the quote I used to open this essay, let me explain.

First, it may sound a little funny, but honestly, one of the things I learned this semester that I believe helped me grow as a writer is simply revising my essays! To me, revising essays seemed tedious, a little unnecessary and unimportant, but I always knew it was good to read back on what you wrote, make sure there’s no spelling or grammar errors, and to make sure your sentences make sense and are constructed well. I would always tend to trust my writing skills and submit my work without really giving it a second glance. The quotes “RO”, “Add: ‘.’”, and “Delete:’.’, drove me crazy all semester. Comments like these and many others similar to them were left on each essay, suggestions to make revisions. Little did I know that these minor revisions would have such a huge impact on the final product. I now appreciate those comments because I’ve been able to grow from them and I’ll be able to apply them to my own writing in the future, when I actually have to start revising essays on my own. A perfect example of this would be my first essay in English 100, this essay was “about me” and I wrote it first thing in the beginning of the semester, after missing a week of school, and it’s safe to assume that it wasn’t the best essay. I was surprised when I turned it in and learned that I’d have to revise it, like I mentioned I didn’t think it was necessary, but that essay definitely needed the revision, so I did it, and the differences the minor changes made is so significantly different from what it started as. Besides learning to revise essays, I also learned about writing.

Second, I came across some very interesting and meaningful topics in this class. The first one being essay 3, the research paper. At first I wanted to write about a topic I knew was important in my society, but when I was encouraged to write about a topic I really cared about I decided to write about animal euthanasia. This topic means so much to me because ever since I was about four. After crying over every dead animal I saw, pigeons included, I discovered that I loved animals, I wanted a horse, and I wanted to become a vet. My choice to become a vet lasted all the way through high school, but in college my career choice changed. Although I’ve decided not to be a vet I still have a undying love for animals, and being given the opportunity to talk about an issue regarding animal lives meant so much to me, and has influenced me to still pursue making a difference in animal’s lives even if I’m not a vet. The second topic that was very meaningful to me was interviewing. I believe that in my future profession of a lawyer, it’s important to be able to communicate with others, ask questions, and gain information through interviews. By having to interview various people it gave me a chance to experience what a real interview is like, how to conduct an interview, and how to cite an interview. I believe that this is a lesson I can definitely carry with me into my career. Lastly, the third topic I found meaningful to me was the PSA connected to Malama Oahu. To me, malama means to care for, and to protect. I did my PSA on suicide prevention. While creating my PSA I was able to learn different things about suicide, and also how to prevent it. Suicide is a serious issue and it really touched my heart learning about it. By doing the PSA I also learned how to create a script and storyboard, which taught me how to construct my ideas visually, and I think that’s an important skill to have and is a skill I can use in the future. Not only did I learn many useful and meaningful lessons from these topics, I was also able to learn about myself.

Lastly, this class is one of the only classes that really gave me an opportunity to learn about myself. Throughout the semester I was able to learn about my passions and what I really care about. An example is essay 3, where I conducted research on animal euthanasia. By doing research on this topic, it sparked my interest and passion for animals. After all my research was complete I decided that one of my life goals was to open a “no-kill” shelter, where all animals can lively happily, they’ll be taken care of so they can maintain good health or improve their health, my shelter will revolve around my love for animals and my passion to help them, and it will be great. If I didn’t change my topic idea to animal euthanasia, I may have never learned that I love animals and I shouldn’t stop trying to help them, regardless of what career I go in to. I also was able to grow as a person, and to be able to gain confidence. I learned that I’m more confident than I thought I was and sharing my thoughts isn’t so scary. This class has taught me so much over the semester.

In conclusion, I have grown as a writer, I now can revise my own essays and I’m able to recognize the importance of doing so, I learned many things from a few topics I found most meaningful, and have also gotten the chance to learn about myself and to see myself grow. I am so grateful for all the important lessons I’ve learned this semester. It wasn’t easy and I got frustrated many times throughout the semester but I’m glad I stuck it out and was able to accomplish all that I have.


Student Life

The resource I decided to talk about is the student life program. I know that this program runs all the events we see happening around campus. This program also enables students at LCC to interact with each other by participating in games, etc. I want to know the main purpose of student life. I’m sure there’s a bigger motive than giving students an opportunity to engage in fun activities. I will use the student life website, brochure, and conduct an interview for sources. I think students should use my resource because it enables interaction between students, increases civic responsibility, and teaches leadership skills.

Eng 22: Essay 1: About Me

Kylynne Rusher

Ms. Chang

English 22


Essay #1

About Me

        My name is Kylynne. My dad’s middle name is Kyle giving me the “Ky” in my name, and my mom’s name is Lynne. I was born on March 25, 1996 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. My mom’s side of the family is from Hawaii and at seven months old, my parents and I moved to Hawaii.  I am one of five kids and the middle child. I attended Sacred Hearts Academy from preschool to fourth grade. Upon entering fifth grade, my mom and stepdad decided to move to California. Starting a new school in California was scary, and to make matters worse, my mom was really insisting that I skip a grade. At first, I wasn’t for it, but I had the grades for it, and all my friends were back home in Hawaii, so I had nothing to lose, so I skipped fifth grade and completed the sixth grade in California. After nine months in California, my parents decided to move back to Hawaii, and we have been here ever since. I finished middle school at Kaimuki Middle, attended Kalani High School for three years, and graduated from Kaiser High School a year early in 2013. All my years in school, my parents and grandparents had very high expectations from me as far as grades go and expected me, of all my siblings, to attend college, get a degree, and be successful, so I had a lot of weight on my shoulders. I have every intention of fulfilling my family’s expectations. A couple of years ago, I moved to Mililani and decided it would be best to attend Leeward Community College where I will get my pre-requisites out of the way and earn my Associates degree in Liberal Arts. Once I earn my Associates degree, I will work on completing my major in family resources and upon completion of my major, I plan to get into law school and eventually become a family lawyer.

        School is surprisingly really fun for me. I enjoy learning, testing my abilities, and broadening my horizons. I feel that the reason I enjoy school so much is because I have discovered what kind of learner I am and that makes school a lot easier. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I am a visual learner. I do better by reading things, actually seeing how things are done, and taking notes. With Sacred Hearts being the foundation to my education, I feel it has shaped my idea and desire of learning because as a private school, not only are students expected to learn at a fast pace and at a higher level than public school, teachers also encourage students to want to learn by incorporating fun activities into the teacher’s teaching styles. Most classes were very hands-on and interactive. This is why I think I’m more of a visual learner.

        One of my interests that have made me who I am today is cheerleading. I did it all: pop-warner, high school, and all-star cheerleading, and all-star cheer is by far my most favorite. I’m very competitive, and that’s what all-star cheer is all about. I started cheering when I was six or seven years old and unfortunately aged out at 19, cheering and being a cheerleader is still a huge part of my identity and probably always will be. It has helped me grow as an athlete and as a person. I went from being shy to not being afraid to speak my mind and express who I am. Over the years of cheerleading, I have acquired many important life lessons, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities the sport has given me, as well what it has taught me such as how it’s important to fight for what you want, to be humble, and how to be a team player. Being that I’m not allowed to cheer anymore, my personal goals for right now is to get my Bachelors degree and to get into law school.  One of the lessons I learned from cheer is to be a leader, and this is a strength I feel I can bring to the class. I like being active, answering or asking questions, and suggesting new ideas. Some writing strengths I have are that I feel that I have an easy time flowing and writing what comes to mind and making sense of it. I also feel that it’s easy for me to explain myself or express myself through words. Some weaknesses I have with writing is probably my grammar because sometimes I get too into what I’m writing to consider if my sentences are making sense, if I’m adding punctuation in the correct places, or even if I’m spelling words correctly.  

My goal for this class is to strengthen my writing like improving my grammar and extending my vocabulary. In order to achieve this goal, I need to really take constructive criticism from my peers as well as the teacher and really do my best to apply it to my writing. I also need to experiment with new words in my writing. For me, strengthening my writing and vocabulary is very important to me because when I become a professional, it will help me look credible and appealing to clients or maybe even a judge and jury if needed. I also feel that it’s just an important skill to have when writing papers because it shows you know what you’re talking about, and it also makes it easier to read and understand what you’re trying to express.

Eng 100: Essay 3: Animal Euthanasia

Kylynne Rusher

95-263 Waimakua Dr.

Mililani, HI 96789


April 4, 2017


The Honorable David Y. Ige

Governor, State of Hawaii

Executive Chambers

State Capitol

Honolulu, HI 96813


Dear Governor David Y. Ige,

​What draws the line between animal cruelty and animal welfare? “Euthanasia is defined as the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially painful, disease or condition” (  Millions of healthy animals are being euthanized per year around the United States and thousands of which occur on Oahu alone at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Euthanasia is administered to animals when they are very ill, are aggressive or have behavioral problems, or simply because there is no room in the shelter for the animals (Gray par. #).  The Hawaiian Humane Society does euthanasia in accordance with the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) guidelines which consists of many different methods. These methods consist of “inhaled agents” like carbon monoxide, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, or “decapitation, electrocution, or gunshot” just to name a very few. (AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition pg #). The State of Hawaii should forbid euthanasia on animals, with exceptions, because the number of animals being euthanized per year are way too great, causing unnecessary pain upon animals is morally wrong, and animals deserve rights that will protect them.  
​First of all, the State of Hawaii should forbid euthanasia because a great deal of animals are being killed a year on Oahu. According to Chris D’Angelo, a journalist for Hawaii Tribune Herald, “A total of 10,197 animals–just shy of 28 per day–were put down by HIHS [Hawaiian Island Humane Society] island wide in 2014. Cats accounted for 41 percent of the total, while dogs made up 26 percent” (par. 4). A large sum of animals are being killed yearly, and daily over half in which are healthy dogs and cats. The annual number of animals being put down by the HHS (Hawaiian Humane Society) is too high. There are better humane solutions to reduce the number of animals being killed by euthanasia per year.  An example of a better solution to euthanasia is “’good palliative care’…a type of care that focuses on relieving and preventing suffering instead of cures”  (Davidson, par. 18). This type of care acts like hospice care, except for animals. It’s not just for end-of-life cases but for any and all animals suffering. This is just one of the many alternatives to euthanasia.   
​Secondly, not only are too many animals being killed, but the unnecessary pain inflicted on animals is morally wrong, which is why Hawaii should… Andrea Baer, a journalist for the local newspaper Honolulu Weekly, interviewed Lynn Oakley, a former employee at the HHS. In the interview, Oakley stated that “…dogs killed via production line, some will vomit as a reaction to the chemicals. Dogs that have reacted to the tranquilizer are flopped over and a fatal needle jab to the heart is roughly administered. Some dogs are visibly straining to get away, choking themselves in the process” (Baer, par. 3). In other words, what humans don’t see that happens behind closed doors is that the euthanasia process puts animals in excruciating and unnecessary pain, which is morally wrong. Putting animals through so much pain is morally wrong because although they may not have a sense of what’s happening to them or why, they have feelings, and they feel pain, and to knowingly put any animal through pain and to see them suffer is wrong.  Humans are convinced that euthanasia is peaceful and pain-free for their loved animal companions, but it is far from it, and if the public really saw and understood the pain animals go through, they would not agree with euthanizing animals. No animal should have to suffer through such an inhumane death.  
​Finally, the idea of euthanasia interferes with the idea that animals deserve rights in order to protect them, which is why Hawaii should…. In her book, Kim Evans maintains that, “All beings who are ‘subject-of-a-life with an experiential welfare’ have inherent value that qualifies them to be treated with respect and gives them a right to that treatment.” (25) In other words, living beings whom have conscious awareness and self-identity deserve moral rights. Animals are a part of nature, and they weren’t put on Earth solely for the purpose of human pleasure and disposal. Animals’ rights deserve to be recognized in order to protect themselves from the inhumane acts toward them by humans.  
On the other hand, some may view euthanasia as a primary solution to the overpopulation of animals on Oahu, and some may argue that animals don’t deserve rights because they don’t have a sense of morality and don’t recognize rights (cite source). Although plausible, euthanasia is not the only solution to the problem of animals overpopulating Oahu. Another very effective solution to this problem is sterilization. The spaying and neutering of animals prohibits them from effectively reproducing, therefore reducing the rate of overpopulation of animals on Oahu.  OSPCA’s website states that “Sterilization is the key to humanely reducing pet overpopulation” (“Help Us Build It” par. 9). The best way to humanely control overpopulation isn’t euthanasia, but instead sterilizing the animals. The second argument that animals don’t have a sense of morality or that they don’t recognize rights, is of course true, but animals’ regards to morality do not conflict with humans’ sense of morality. Humans understand that it’s wrong to cause pain to animals. There are laws that forbid inhumane acts towards animals that are punishable by fine and/ or jail time (Animal Legal and Historical Center, par. 21). Hawaii’s laws against animal cruelty is a message that inflicting unnecessary pain on animals is not humane, otherwise it would be recognized as an effective and moral means of elimination of animals.  
​To summarize, I believe that the Hawaiian Humane Society should partake in the dissolution of euthanasia on animals and that euthanasia should be banned, with exceptions, in the State of Hawaii. I say “with exceptions” because under certain circumstances, such as if an animal were in obvious, excruciating, incurable pain or illness that causes a poor quality of life, it would be morally right to terminate the animal to end all suffering. However, I do not believe that healthy animals, or animals with “behavioral problems” should be put down. Animals at shelters gain anxiety and fearfulness which can result in behavioral problems such as food aggression, resource guarding, or destructiveness which can rectified with patience and love.  Animals should not be held accountable for their instinctive behavior. All in all, the State of Hawaii should ban euthanasia on animals because the number of animals being euthanized, which are healthy, are too great, it causes unnecessary pain on animals, and lastly, animals deserve to have rights that are recognized by humans to preserve their safety and equal right to life.




Kylynne Rusher


Works Cited

Animal Legal and Historical Center. ”Hawaii Revised Statutes Annotated. Division 5.

Crimes and Criminal Proceedings. Title 37. Hawaii Penal Code. Chapter 711. Offenses Against Public Order.” Michigan State University. 2017. 1 Apr. 2017.

    “AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals:2013 Edition.” American Veterinary Medical Association, 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2017.

Baer, Andrea. “Helmet Shelter.” Honolulu Weekly. 23 Oct. 2003. Web. 9 Mar. 2017.

Davidson, John. “Author looks at alternatives to pet euthanasia.” Daily Camera. The Denver Post, 19 Oct. 2012. Web. 18 Mar. 2017.

D’Angelo, Chris. “Humane society euthanized more than 10k animals last year.” Hawaii Tribune Herald. Oahu Publications, Inc., 23 Apr. 2015. Web. 12 Mar. 2017.

Gray, Allison. “3 Big Reasons Why Animal Shelters Euthanize Pets.” Petful. Petful, 20 Feb. 2015. Web. 2 Apr. 2017.


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Fake It ’til You Make It

I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke’ekehi ia e ka ua”, the Lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.” This is a quote I could live by because to me it means that after it rains (obstacles of hardships in life) the Lehua blossom unfolds (it grows from it). This reminds me that I will learn and grow from times when life gets rough. Also, E kulia i ka nu’u, “strive for the highest” is a quote that I live by. I can never give up, I’m always testing mu abilities and pushing myself past my limits to be the best I can be. I think olelo no’eao means words of wisdom, and I can apply them to my life by being open minded to the dvice and try my best to practice it. A saying I live by is “fake it ’til you make it” because when I feel defeated I have to persevere and live life as if I have everything figured out and eventually everything will fall into place.

Home and Me

I was born in Oklahoma but since I lived in Hawaii for most of my life, I consider myself to be from Hawaii. All of my life, I lived in town, in Kahala, and Hawaii Kai, until a couple of years ago. I now live in Mililani. Kahala isn’t known for anything specifically but there are some very exquisite homes and the beaches are nice, as well. Being from Hawaii has really taught me to appreciate the diversity in culture, such as the “aloha spirit”, as well as the beauty the land offers. Hawaii definitely has shaped who I am. Growing up in Hawaii, we’re taught to be respectful to others, and being exposed to so many races and cultures has taught me to be open minded of other people’s culture. Hawaii is home and has given me such a wonderful life.