Back in October, a story about the horrors of gas chambers that are still in use in our country was published. You can access that story here, or at the link provided below. I was asked this week to do another article about this issue, to keep it at the forefront and to raise awareness for those who might not realize this nightmare for animals still goes on.
For years the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) took the position that the use of carbon monoxide for the euthanasia of animals was acceptable. However, in their 2011 proposed euthanasia report the AVMA revised this and now takes the position this method is not acceptable for the “routine euthanasia” of cats and dogs. You can read more about this change here, or at the link provided below.
There are several petitions linked below as well as links to various Facebook pages related to this issue. At the Facebook page “Take Action – Help Ban Animal Gas Chambers”, you will find a map of the USA, color coded to show which states still use gas chambers for killing unwanted shelter animals. The website Animal Law Coalition has a wealth of information about the use of gas chambers, the inherent dangers involved as well as a 3-part report which provides detailed information about specific states and cases.
Innocent animals arrived at the shelters because of the betrayal of human guardians. Their confusion and fear is already running high when they then must endure their “date with death” in the chamber. They are piled in with other animal strangers; adults, puppies, pregnant females, large and small. They then smell the gas and begin the frantic, but futile attempt to escape as their lungs burn and they urinate, defecate, vomit and finally take their last gasp of breath. The process can take up to 20 minutes; an agonizing amount of time for a terrified and helpless animal.
Even more horrifying are the cases where an animal actually survives, only to have to go through it all over again. Stories about these survivors are more common than you might believe, with some of those animals actually becoming the catalyst for change in the state where it occurred. (See the story about Grace’s Law in Georgia.)
The video provided with this article is terribly graphic and it’s advised to view it only if you feel you can. Sadly, advocates only have to watch the horrors, while the animals have to endure it. This is the reality of death by gas chamber, which will haunt even the strongest advocate when watched.
Numerous links for petitions and more information are provided for you below. We owe it to these precious lives to ensure that if they are to be killed, at least they are killed in the most painless and humane way possible. Hopefully the voices of advocates will be heard and gassing innocent shelter animals will end, closing this dark chapter forever.
Click here to sign the petition: “Tell North Carolina – Quit Killing Pets Using Cruel Gassing Methods”.
Click here to sign the petition: “Ban Inhumane Gassing of Shelter Pets in Utah!”
Click here to sign the Petition Online petition: “Take Action – Help Ban Animal Gas Chambers.”
Click here to sign the petition: “Say No to Gas Chambers.”
Click here for the Facegbook page: “Take Action – Help Ban Animal Gas Chambers.”
Click here for the Facebook page: “Stop NC Shelter Animal Euthanasia in Gas Chambers.”
Click here for the Facebook page: “We will end gassing in North Carolina.”
Click here for the Animal Law Coalition website.
Click here for the October 2011 story about gas chambers.
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