I definitely feel for that man and his family. Whether you agree with what he did or not, it's hard not to empathize and understand why he would want to end his life. Having the choice of a painful death or a painless death is an obvious choice. Whether it is "moral" and "humane" is still up for debate. As a Christian issue, most believe suicide is wrong. However, we also must consider most of those alive and suffering would not be alive if it weren't for all of the medical procedures and machinery chemically and mechanically sustaining an otherwise helpless body.
I also agree that it is a double standard that it is "humane" to put-down an animal that is suffering, but unthinkable and illegal to do so for a human being.
I really do think that this should be left up to an individual to decide and not mandated by law. Is it "moral" to assist in suicide? Maybe not. But should it be illegal? No. If something like ABORTION that IS legal, where the fetus in question is never given the choice whether it wants to live or die- yet millions are preformed a year- with the argument that it is the choice of the mother to decide what to do with her body- why should death of the adult be less legal?It is easy for legislature to mandate laws while sitting in their suits in healthy bodies living full lives, but it would be interesting to see how they feel about the issue if they were in such suffering.
Personally, I am AGAINST assisted suicide- due to my own personal religious beliefs, morals, and thought processes, but should my OPINION mandate another person's destiny? I don't think so. I don't think that is fair. When something is VOLUNTARY, whether the outcome be good or bad, it should be allowed. (this is a problem that I have with abortion because I believe only one of the two "lives" has given consent.- not to stir the pot because I know that is off topic- but since I compared them I figured I would give my stand).
Either way,this was a touching story and I hope that man may rest in peace.