Urge Alabama Legislators to Ban Gas Chambers for Animals
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Alabama Governor

Urge Alabama Legislators to Ban Gas Chambers for Animals

    1. Martin Matheny
    2. Petition by

      Martin Matheny

      Athens, GA

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June 2011

Victory

With widespread support both in the legislature and among the public, Alabama passed "Beckham's Bill" to ban gas chamber euthanasia. The law was named for a dog who had narrowly escaped death in a Cullman County gas chamber. Although Beckham's Law won't stop needless killing in animal shelters, it will reduce suffering by forcing shelters to use the more humane method of lethal injection.

There's no excuse for using gas chambers to euthanize animals. Compared to euhanasia by injection (EBI), gas is both far less humane and far more expensive. 

Alabama legislators are considering "Beckham's Act," HB 147 and SB 172, which would ban the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers in animal shelters. The bill is named for Beckham, a dog who survived the gas chamber earlier this year.

With over 50 cosponsors, Beckham's Act seems to have the support to pass, but it's up to animal advocates like you to make sure that Alabama legislators pass this important legislation this year.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Beckham's Law has unanimously passed the Alabama legislature! Ask Gov. Bentley to sign this bill into law.

    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Senate unanimously voted to ban gas chambers in animal shelters. Now it's the House's turn. Please keep writing your reps!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Alabamans Seek to Turn Off the Gas in Animal Shelters

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      One area of public policy where animal advocates have seen some success in recent years is in ending the use of gas chambers as a means of euthanasia in animal shelters. Last year, five more states passed laws banning mass gas chamber euthanasia,...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Patricia Welch LEHIGH VALLEY, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please sign this bill into law! Thank you.

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    • Dolly Austin KING, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      I LIVED IN AL ONCE..IT IS A BEAUTIFUL STATE WITH VERY FRIENDLY PEOPLE..I HOPE YOU WILL DECIDE TO BE KIND TO YOUR ANIMALS AT THE SHELTERS AND ELSE WHERE!!

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    • Bernell Trapp ALLEN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      If gassing is too inhumane for child murderers and serial rapists then why is it acceptable for our innocent animals? We all know the answer - it is NOT acceptable and never will be on any level. Dogs and cats are sentient beings, and just as humans they have a central nervous system; they feel mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering. Every animal on the streets, in shelters, and on this Earth deserves every possible chance of being rescued...and when all chances are exhausted, each and every one of them deserves a kind and decent way of dieing...for they too yearn to be wanted, loved, and given fairness. They are precious living beings and within each one of them is the wonderful breath of life; taking that away from them is a terrible waste and an absolute disgrace altogether! I judge people by how they treat others, especially the helpless. The ones who can actually allow themselves to perform these hideous gas chamber murders are sincerely cold, ruthless, and heartless people. We must stand up for what is right and ban this inhumane way of euthanasia!!

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    • jan williams GARDENDALE, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      Are you in the phone book,in athens,georgia?

      Would it possible to arrange a meeting with you?

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    • Jeannie Allison OPELIKA, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      Please pass this bill to stop the horrific way animals are euthanized.

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