Written by Michelle Kretzer
recently welcomed Daniel
to his show, a 5-year-old dog
who survived being gassed
at an Alabama animal control facility.
Daniel was crammed into a gas chamber in Florence, Alabama, with four other
dogs. Carbon-monoxide gas was pumped into the chamber for a "standard 17
minute cycle." When workers opened the chamber door to remove dead animals,
they found Daniel standing among the dead dogs, alive.
Death is not quick for dogs and cats who
Locked in dark boxes and slowly suffocated, the dogs commonly scream and the
cats go berserk, trying to claw their way out. Many go into convulsions as they
struggle for air and try to escape. Daniel must have witnessed a horrifying
scene inside the gas chamber, and he is living proof that this crude method doesn't
always work. Some animals must be gassed repeatedly; others have been found stumbling around in landfills after being
mistaken for dead and dumped there.
is not the fault of animal shelters that animals must be put to death, but if
the most we can offer homeless animals is an exit from this world, then we owe
it to them to ensure that it is painless, peaceful, and dignified. If your
local animal shelter or pound is putting animals down with any method other
than an intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital (the most humane method),
urge the shelter management to switch (see PETA's tips for helpful information).
You may have the law on your side if you live in one of the 18 states that have outlawed some
forms of gassing. If not, write
letters to your legislators demanding a law against these
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