I work as a Large Animal Veterinarian, and my desire based with my work is to sustain life, and I do honor and respect life in all of her forms. However when an animal is suffering from an incurable disease state, injury, etc., i feel empowered with what I consider a gift of having the ability to bring an end to the animals terminal state through euthanasia. I consider this a gift to the soul in need, who would otherwise be suffering unendurable pain. There are times when I will euthanize an animal before he or she succumbs to the pain that it inevitability will have to endure. In other words, the animal is not yet suffering, but trough my actions, certain suffering is avoided.
So the question to myself and to the author: how does this relate to empowerment by your said definition?