Tell the American Veterinary Medical Association: Stop Supporting Gas Chambers
  • Petitioned Clark Fobian, DVM

This petition was delivered to:

AVMA Board Member
Clark Fobian, DVM
AVMA Board Member
H. Theodor Trimmer, DVM
AVMA Chair
John Brooks, DVM
AVMA Board Member
John DeJong
AVMA Board Member
Joseph Kinnarney, DVM
AVMA Board Member
Janver Krehbiel, DVM
AVMA Board Member
John Scamahorn, DVM
AVMA Board Member
Larry Dee, DVM
AVMA Vice Chair
Theodore Cohn, DVM
AVMA Board Member
Thomas Meyer, DVM
AVMA Board Member
V. Hugh "Chip" Price, Jr., DVM

Tell the American Veterinary Medical Association: Stop Supporting Gas Chambers

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

The National Animal Control Association recently adopted a new guideline for euthanasia, which says: "NACA considers lethal injection of sodium pentobarbital, administered by competent, trained personnel, to be the only method of choice utilized for humane euthanasia of animal shelter dogs and cats ... NACA condemns the use of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, argon, or anesthetic gases as well as physical methods such as electrocution, gunshot, and blunt force trauma for animal shelter euthanasia of dogs and cats."

While the ultimate goal is to have no more homeless pets, as long as there are still animals being euthanized at shelters, it should be done humanely. As NACA says in their new policy: "It is the responsibility of those performing euthanasia to use the best method now available and to use it with skill, compassion, and consistency."

Gas chambers take an average of thirty minutes to kill an animal. It's a slow death and can be painful. Most shelters cram multiple animals into gas chambers, causing panic and often fighting during the process. Employees at facilities where animals are gassed often speak of wearing earplugs to shut out the screaming. Some animals, like Quentin of Stray Rescue fame, come out of the gas chamber alive, amidst piles of dead bodies.

Lethal injections work much faster, are much less painful, and the last thing the animal knows is being the arms of a human.

Yet the American Veterinary Medical Association continues to support gas chambers: "Carbon monoxide used for individual animals or mass euthanasia is acceptable for dogs, cats, and other small mammals, provided the commercially compressed CO is used." 

Tell the AVMA to join NACA in condemning gas chambers and recommending lethal injection as the only humane form of euthanasia.

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      Petition Organizer

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      Stephanie Feldstein
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      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

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    • Beth Morey BELLE FOURCHE, SD
      • over 3 years ago

      This is horrible and must be stopped!

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    • Ej Hirte BROWARD, WI
      • over 3 years ago

      This is just so barbaric and cruel and against all humanity. Please end this horrible procedure to murder pets in the shelters

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    • Diane DiDonato PATTERSON, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Yes, stop killing innocent animals period. I don't care if it's heart stick, gas chambers or anything else. ALL OF IT HAS TO STOP! Killing them is wrong. I don't agree with any form of unnecessary killing! You know these employees need to listen to the anguished screams of these dying animals. I hope it haunts them for the rest of their lives!

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    • JENNIFER CONROY303@CHARTER.NET SHEPHERD, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      USING THE GAS CHAMBER TO PUT AN ANIMAL DOWN IS VERY VERY CRUEL - I DON'T SEE HOW ANYONE COULD DO SUCH A THING

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    • Dianne McGonigle DURHAM, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Come on people lets step up on this...“If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”

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