Ban Animal Gas Chambers in Texas
  • Petitioned Senator Craig Estes

This petition was delivered to:

Texas State Senator
Senator Craig Estes
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas U. S. Representative
Honorable Michael C. Burgess
Texas U.S, Senator
Senator John Cornyn
Texas U.S. Senator
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Texas State Senator
Senator Jane Nelson
Texas State Representative
Representative Myra Crownover
Lt. Governor of Texas
David Dewhurst
Texas Governor
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Texas State Senate
Texas State House
Gov. Rick Perry

Ban Animal Gas Chambers in Texas

    1. Debra Pinegar
    2. Petition by

      Debra Pinegar

      panama city beach, FL

The Reality of Animal Gas Chambers
By nataliejs

What Really Happens

The use of gas chambers for euthanasia in animal shelters is legal in many states, but that doesn't make it any less of a barbaric form of torture for innocent, unwanted animals who are unfairly subjected to its fate.

It's not as innocent as you may be lead to believe; the animals don't just take one breath of the gas and drift off into unconsciousness. That's what animal lovers like myself desperately want to believe. But it's not the truth.

So what really happens once the chamber door is shut in the face of whimpering animals? A shelter worker turns on the gas, and carbon monoxide is pumped into the probably-overcrowded chamber.

It can take up to 40 minutes of agony for the carbon monoxide to build up in the animals' lungs in order to finally kill them. Here are the true, cold hard facts of what the animals experience during this torture, and suggestions that will help put an end to animal gas chambers and how to protect an animal from landing in such a situation in the first place.

1. Pain

The carbon monoxide causes the animals' eyes and nose to burn. They howl in pain. The cells in their body reject the carbon monoxide, and keep the animals from inhaling any oxygen. Therefore, they suffocate to death.

2. Panic

The frightened animals snap at each other and often fight. Baby puppies (yes, they are in there, too) begin to paw desperately on the chamber walls, trying to escape. They frantically dig their noses underneath the door, trying to get a breath of fresh air. This is truly heartbreaking.

3. Sometimes The Pain Isn't Enough

Some animals have to suffer a second round of the torture chamber because they didn't die the first time.

4. How Can You Stop and Prevent This?

Spay/neuter your pets. Quit making excuses, and take responsibility for them. They depend on you to take care of them and protect them, so don't let them down. If you don't want to breed your animals, don't let it happen, or chances are, those adorable baby pups or kittens will wind up in an animal shelter, where they are more than likely to get euthanized, due to the fact that there are too many neglected pets and not enough homes. And the next time you're longing for a furry friend, adopt an animal from your local shelter rather than getting one from a pet store. By doing this, you are discouraging the operation of cruel puppy mills, and at the same time, you are saving an animal from Death Row. Also, protest the use of animal gas chambers! There are online petitions available to sign up against the use of gas chambers in your state, or perhaps anywhere else in the country. Unlike these poor animals, you have a voice, so use it to help those out who cannot speak up against injustice. Social networking sites, Facebook in particular, has a "Cause" page dedicated to those who want to ban gas chambers, and on the site, people are given the opportunities to sign petitions, recruit our friends to do the same, and perhaps donate a bit of money to help support and feed the animals in the shelter. It wouldn't hurt to pitch in. More money means more food and space for new animals, which means a greater chance of living longer in that place.

Recent signatures


    1. 1785 signatures reached!

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      Petition is now closed. Thanks to all who signed this petition!

    2. 1700 signatures reached!

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      Ban Animal Gas Chambers in Texas on website currently has 1,710 signatures! This petition - Ban Animal Gas Chambers in Texas - is also on website and currently has 4,170 signatures for a combined total of 5,880 signatures!!! I want to thank each and every one of you who signed! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Hopefully in 2013 legislation will be passed and there can be an end to this barbaric form of ending an animal's life. "Animals deserve to be treated with respect, even in death." - Debra Pinegar

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. 1,000 signatures reached!

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      I have made some new friends with animal rescue groups all over the world. They have been signing and sharing my petition to ban animal gas chambers in Texas. I would like to thank them and the many individuals who have signed the petition for all of your support!

    5. Meet & Greet made the news!!!

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      I sent a letter to the Editor of Denton Record Chronicle newspaper in Denton, Texas about my local event, MEET & GREET at Starbucks on March 10, 2012. It was in today's paper!

    6. You learn something new everyday!

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      I recently learned that Texas State Representative, Jessica Farrar introduced - The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) – House Bill 3450 in 2011. It may be re-introduced in 2013. You can read about it at:

    7. 865 signatures reached!

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      I have made some new friends with animal rescue groups all over the world. They have been signing and sharing my petition to ban animal gas chambers in Texas. In the last several weeks, I have read so many quotes from others. I wanted to share mine: "I believe animals deserve to be treated with respect, even in death." So much opposition from people whose opinions are that there are just TOO MANY animals for people to adopt so some must be killed. If that is true, let them die with dignity. Carbon monoxide chambers are an inhumane way to end a life and in my opinion is a form of animal cruelty.

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. March 10, 2012 - Meet & Greet @ Starbucks in Denton / Loop 288

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      March 10, 2012 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Starbucks / Loop 288 near the Denton Mall -
      date & time set to obtain more Texas signatures on my petition on Ban Animal Gas Chambers in Texas.

    10. Another petition to ban gas chambers. Please sign & share.

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      From a friend - Chrissy Roberts - Take Action - Help Ban Animal Gas Chambers:​petitions/2bangas/signatures
      It is time to draw the line & stop the barbaric practice of gassing animals in all states.
      If it is wrong in one state it is wrong in all states! Help us Ban Animal Gas Chambers.

    11. Petitioning The President of the United States (+11 others)

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      Petitioning President Obama, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House of Representatives, TX Senate, TX State House, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Deewhurst, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, TX State Senator Jane Nelson, TX Senator Craig Estes, TX State Representative Myra Crownover

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Found: A photo of an actual animal gas chamber

      Debra Pinegar
      Petition Organizer

      A picture is worth a thousand words!


    Reasons for signing

    • Sherri Jewell CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      This is wrong. Get one thing RIGHT!!!

    • Martina Dinale NIANTIC, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a method SO INHUMANE we don't even use it on our most savage death row criminals !! It is a disgrace we kill 4 MILLION innocent beasts a year , can't we at least despatch them instantly and painlessly with a barbiturate overdose ?? What the Sam Hill is wrong with the human race that we even need to have a petition for this ??

    • Gary Buchan DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago


    • Lynn Sajdak SMYRNA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is sick, cruel and archaic! I am just appalled that this is not banned in all states in the United States! In 2012...shouldn't we have a more compassionate country? Please do the right thing AT ONCE!

    • Judy Goodman HARVARD, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because its wrong. Animals don't deserve to be tortured . isn't it bad enough that they are not wanted, Please stop this horrible cruelty, Thank you


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