Death in a Can: Australia’s Euthanasia Loophole – VICE INTL (Australia)


Hi, I’m Ben Anderson from Vice-New York-office our friends are the vice Australia office And the company that sells products that help people end their own lives this is death, in a can. I can run you through how you actually use it if you like . the whole process [alright] the way the process works Connect the regulator and then with the plastic bag you put the hose that connects that to the bag? Inside the bag and stick it to the inside of the bag You put the bag on your head first of all and let it fill up By switching it on it’ll fill up. It’s full of nitrogen No, oxygen, then you breathe out totally get rid of every bit of gas in your lungs best you can Hold your breath a minute Pull this down and take the biggest breath you can and you’re swapping the gas in your lungs from air To nitrogen within fractions of a second you faint you faint straight away then you’re just in a fainted state , continue to breathe quite easily the bag just Expands and contracts and the gas is flowing into the bag, but you’re in a 0% Environment and you’ll die in about 3 or 4 minutes after that Max dog is a company we set up it really is a way to facilitate the distribution of these Nitrogen cylinders Which can be used for brewing which is why we call ourself max dog brewing but of course the main use for these cylinders is For people who want to have access to a peaceful and reliable death at the time of their choosing Hello I’m Betty from exit In my last piece of film I showed you how balloon helium gas could be used to provide a peaceful death This time I want to show you a new system. That’s now available One that has several advantages over the previous method The movement of Nitrogen as a gas to dispense beer with has become more and more of an issue over the last Few years I’ve been to a number of beer festivals around the world where they have nitrogen nights. We’ve got this idea that instead of using One of the traditional means for peaceful death was to use a gas, and I’ve traditionally people are using helium Why not use nitrogen and so that’s what we started to do so we set up a company to make [sure] that people have access to nitrogen. It’s very peaceful, and it’s totally legal and it has one other unique phenomena a unique characteristic and that is ,that it’s totally undetectable. I’ve seen several autopsy reports, and they’ve all come back cause undetermined Undetermined or inconclusive is how they describe it well? I’m going to ask yourself a question How does it do that if I’m in a room by [myself], and I’ve decided to use this [Mac’s] dog brewing I have to kill myself and I have a quick quick a glass of IPA And then I put the hood on and get on with it somebody’s going to find my body sooner or later with it with Paraphernalia on my head and it’s an empty cylinder next to me and it’s quite clear, then what happened So what we’re talking about really is where someone actually removes? The evidence the gas bottles and other stuff after the event for the sake of effecting this Undetectable death we’ve involved not one person But at least two and that’s in fact why I reported it to the medical board. I thought well You know it seems to me to be quite irresponsible to do that. Yes. I’m 63 years old. I’ve got a Chronic lymphocytic Leukemia, and I’m in the last stages of that disease and I’ve also got breast cancer. Well, I’m very sad but naturally, I’m very anxious about the end and Would like [to] have total control over The end of my life, I’d like to die at home. I’d like to die with my family Supporting me and I’d like to be able to say [goodbye] to them but unfortunately that’s not possible because of the way the law is they could be under suspicion [for] assisting me to suicide, so Unfortunately, I’m going to have to not include my family in my death [and] that’s very makes me very bitter suicide is not a crime But anyone who might attempt and might help you [end] your life That’s assist you advise or counsel you Can suffer serious criminal Sanction in fact two states of Australia still have a possible penalty of life imprisonment? For assisting someone to take that legal step of ending their life, and this is an anomaly. There’s no other example in law Where assisting someone to do something which is legal Attracts any penalty leave alone a penalty of such savagery if I came along and gave you the drugs and said here If you take these drugs you will die that [would] be assisting Giving people Mac’s dog nitrogen and saying you can use this and go and brew yourself some beer if you want to Or you can use it if you want to end your life Takes it right on the Edge because what we’re saying is that this can be used in that way But it can be used in other ways and because we’re not telling people to do this is effectively our defense] No one can tell you how long you’ve got but I know that I won’t live for much longer if I’m lucky enough to be home. I’ll have Probably a nice meal. I’ll probably have a drink of some Baileys Irish cream and I’ll settle myself into my [favourite] chair with my cats and I’ll peacefully go to sleep I I Think [sometimes] I do get painted as a bit of a ogre in the suggestion [that] I want people [to] live [on] indefinitely and you know at all costs and regardless of the pain that’s just not the case and Certainly that’s not the case in palliative services . palliative care is defined by two elements : that one is Reducing + relieving pain and one is to neither prolong nor shorten life So when we are talking about a natural situation, and we could care people get good advice as well So they get to weigh their choices maybe they do want to get another round of chemotherapy because of x y zed or maybe that’s enough so it’s not as if You know getting that kind of support is the end of choice. It’s not it’s actually an opening-up of choice Knowing you’ve got something in the cupboard That will give you a peaceful reliable death is immensely Sustaining in the context of serious illness people and we’ve know a number [of] them and to wake up every day with their serious cancer And say you know it’s dreadful But [if] it gets too bad, then I’ve [just] got to go to the cupboard get up my nitrogen cylinder And I can have a peaceful death and what that does having that knowledge having that ability is That it gives them the courage to keep on and I think it’s entirely consistent with harm minimization as a good medical principle Look, I’m not afraid of dying, but I am I am afraid of being forced to endure suffering and the indignity of being of being Totally dependent on other people while I’m dying and for that reason I [think] it’s my , should be my choice to actually Say enough s enough, and I want out Simple as that. It’s just a choice You can buy these cylinders we’ve been selling them all over Australia increasingly We’re selling them around the world once you’ve got them. You keep them forever infinite shelf life , it is not a prohibited substance Provided you’re comfortable of the process it will work well you

100 thoughts on “Death in a Can: Australia’s Euthanasia Loophole – VICE INTL (Australia)

  1. My mom did it. She spared herself the pain of a natural death. Her death was so sad for me. But it was a relief to not have to watch her suffer.

  2. Wait I just realize that this isn't for dogs or prisoners it's for just people trying to commit suicide lmao how did I get here

  3. Why did he say it's completely undetectable , giving ideas to the lest desirables in society ." Undetectable killing method brilliant "

  4. Kind of fucked to think someone could use this on an innocent unsuspecting person and like the guy said it's virtually undetectable in most autopsies. That's why i always thought it was weird assisted suicide was outlawed and a lot of hospitals even those places are usually likely to have people so mutilated in accidents or even violent attacks that they might not want to go on anymore.
    But i can also see the slight possibilities that might make someone afraid that a practice like that be accepted in the medical field.

  5. Wtf. All of this over cancer. To hell with the FDA. they killed the doctor whom was curing cancer with McGAF, a natural compound produced in the body. One you can make at home actually. Shame on the corporations and lobbyists. Government. You're disgusting.

    Can't these people just go to the Gerson Clinic or find help through the Gerson Institute. They've been able to cure every single disease. every SINGLE DISEASE since at least the 1940s. Which is exactly why you don't hear about the Gerson Therapy.

  6. you know why this is illegal in most of the world?
    probably because they want people to spend as much money as possible on their health, before they die…

  7. Millenials and Gen Z:

    Ill take your entire stock

    In all seriousness suicide should be an option for the mortally ill. I don’t see why making it difficult is really helping their situation. Of course regulations should be passed so that meaningless suicides don’t occur and those that drive themselves to such feelings should be given opportunities and help for their situation. Good help is indeed hard to find these days and it should not remain that way.

  8. Perfect ive been looking for a easy and clean method and I think I found it thanks to vices coverage on the topic. Hope they're still a company to make this easier.

  9. My life, or death. Don't judge unless you've been there. Just did 8 months in a nursing facility. NO THANKS. No hospice or nursing home ever again. Too much like prison. Always better to be dead than caged.

  10. What happens if someone uses this to kill someone but sets it up as a suicide and no one will ever know. How will they stop that?

  11. Wow, if I ever have an incurable disease that leaves me in constant unbearable pain… looks like I'm either moving to Australia, or just buying a nitrogen home brewing kit… Hippy crack for the win 😆

  12. Should be introduced in china and on child molesters in the US fuck it het the molesters and china as well while we’re at it

  13. That anti euthanasia chap is kind of a nosey prick he should be an advocate for privacy and let people do what they wish

  14. yeah but if the gas comes to fast then in can throw it from your head there is this guy who says it did not work out for him and he has some damage now, how to prevent that

  15. Damn my girlfriends looking at me crazy now she better watch your damn mouth when she gets drunk and falls asleep😏😏😏😏😏😏

  16. Why don’t they just use liquid nitrogen and slam a shot real quick your whole core would freeze instantly and you would be dead

  17. Happy Australia day every one, this will be my last. thank you for this information (which i have known for some time now) it has and will make this time alot less difficult 🙂 thank you xx 7-7-1967-28-1-2020 Steve A.

  18. Cancer is curable. You literally have to eat nutrient dense plant based foods . It's funny how people can not make that connection. Rarely anyone goes to the source . Instead they do demonic practices like this thinking they r in control

  19. She was walking in front of a ship that was crashing with walking stick just before on outa control shipping,that shit won’t kill her

  20. It makes sense for it to be illegal for anyone to assist you, because they probably want to avoid any ounce of coercion.

  21. I'd rather take a bottle of sleeping pills. I am not planning on doing this anytime in the next 40+ years. I'm 60 years old.
    It is up to the person and reason want to take your life. Cancer, ALS, Huntington's, and many other horrible illnesses.

  22. Having just turned 23 last week, I don't want to live a day over 70. I hope I feel the same way when I get there or die before I have a change of heart. Both sides of my family are incredibly long-lived (most of the women into their 90's-100's and men well into their 80's) but very prone to dementia and physical health issues. I saw my great grandmother live 10 miserable, confused years AFTER the point she would ask me who I was every time I came to visit, and she was in assisted-living years before I was even born. I'm genuinely not afraid to die, I've already come close to it a few times, but I'm terrified to live like that. And I deserve the right not to. I've half a mind to put away some heroin now in case I can't find any then. It's weird how the most devoutly religious in my family are also the "life is sacred, live at all costs" types. Something tells me they aren't so sure. I don't think life is a contest but if it was it certainly wouldn't be an endurance event, number of times gone round the sun means nothing.

  23. I want to create a service where suicidal people can choose a method of death and have someone else carry it out. For example, someone might want to be shot in the back of the head by surprise in a certain time frame, so a paid professional or volunteer is sent out to kill them. Clients could also choose to make their death look like an accident, thus saving their family from the grief that comes from a family member deliberately killing themselves. Of course, the service would include an instant messaging system for people who change their minds last minute, along with spoken "safe words". Naturally, the justice system and law enforcement would have to be on board with this, but it seems like a profitable and humane idea to me. It would kind of be like Uber, but instead of getting a ride home from the bar, you die.

  24. To us people who don’t understand this , don’t have health problems, or don’t want to die this may seem morbid and ridiculous but I do understand a little, if you’re suffering and in pain and you just can’t take it anymore, why should you not have the option to end it, it sounds crazy or what not but until you’re in that situation you will never understand it.

  25. I don't think you should have the right to kill yourself your dint chose to exist so u shouldn't get the choice to give up

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