Written by Michelle Kretzer
In just one week, we could require the Obama administration to address the fact that animals are still being killed in gas chambers. It's up to us.
Currently posted to the White House's "We the People" petition site is an appeal asking for federal attention to the suffering that animals endure when they are gassed. It can take as long as 45 minutes for a dog or cat to die in a gas chamber. He or she may convulse, vomit, gasp for breath, attempt to claw through the walls, void his or her bowels, howl in panic, and even be bitten by other frightened animals. And some animals do not die, like Daniel, the Alabama dog who has become the face of the movement to ban gas chambers.
Compare this to an intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital, administered by trained professionals, that assures that the animal "falls asleep," the same quick, painless loss of consciousness that we feel when we are given anesthetics before surgery.
But despite the cruelty of gas chambers and the affordability of humane injections, it is still legal to gas animals in 31 states. Let's change that. We have until February 18 to collect 100,000 signatures.
I'm going to add my name to the petition right now. Will you please join me?
Written by Jeff Mackey
A cat's survival of two harrowing ordeals in a gas chamber
has prompted concerned citizens to demand that the West Valley City, Utah,
animal shelter scrap its cruel
carbon-monoxide gas chamber
and replace it with euthanasia
second attempt to gas her, the cat was put into a plastic bag and placed in a cooler
before being discovered still alive sometime later.
Although the cat,
now named Andrea, has since
animals in West Valley City—and
in other municipalities in which animal shelters continue to use gas chambers—still suffer nightmarish
deaths. There is no excuse for using these antiquated contraptions, which can take as
long as 25 terrifying minutes to end animals' lives—assuming they work at all.
Gassing is especially
cruel to animals who are very young, old, pregnant, or sick—qualities common to
many, if not most, animals who arrive at animal shelters daily—because of their
compromised health and/or physical state. Carbon-monoxide exposure is also dangerous
to workers, placing them at risk for short- and long-term health problems or
When properly performed, euthanasia by injection is painless and quick. It's
less expensive, too—an important consideration at
a time when so many animal shelters are struggling financially.
If your local animal shelter is still using cruel and
archaic methods to put animals to death, please work with your elected officials to institute a
policy requiring euthanasia by injection.
To get more people involved, you can write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining why
it's time to ensure that when euthanasia is necessary, the community's
least-fortunate animals have their lives ended humanely, with peace and
Written by PETA
As hard as it is to believe, animal shelters in some states—including Georgia and North Carolina—continue to kill unwanted animals in gas chambers, with all the accompanying horror that such an image conjures. Fortunately, legislation has been introduced in both states to ban these horrendous contraptions for good.
It can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes for animals to die in gas chambers. Oftentimes, they bark, meow, howl, whine, gasp for breath, fight to claw their way out of the chamber, vomit, convulse, and/or urinate and defecate in terror. Animals sometimes have to be gassed repeatedly before they die. Some animals—like Davie, the North Carolina bill's namesake—have been known to "wake up" later after being put in a freezer or dumped at a landfill.
To get a better idea of the horror that these animals go through, just look at these pictures of some of the gas chambers that are currently being used:
Linda Cordry, an animal control officer in Liberty County, Ga., has written in support of Georgia's bill. "I know from firsthand experience that the gas chamber is a barbaric piece of equipment," she says. "I can say without qualification that being killed in a gas chamber is terrifying for the animals and heartbreaking for the humans involved. It is the ultimate nightmare, and no horror film could even come close to depicting the experience."
Both Georgia's and North Carolina's laws would require that animal shelters use only intravenous injections of sodium pentobarbital to euthanize animals. This is key because, in addition to using gas chambers, some animal shelters in rural areas still shoot unwanted animals. No, I'm not making that up. I wish I were.
If you live in North Carolina, click here to find your representative so that you can speak up about this legislation. Time is of the essence—the Georgia bill will be killed if a Senate version isn't introduced by March 12, so if you live there, click here to find your representative's contact info. If you don't live in North Carolina or Georgia, you can leave a comment below in support of these new bills.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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