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US Government: Ban Gas Chamber Killings of Shelter Animals Nationwide
  • Petitioned The United States Government

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The United States Government
American Veterinary Medical Association
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

US Government: Ban Gas Chamber Killings of Shelter Animals Nationwide

    1. Petition by

      Larissa Tuttle

      Mission Viejo, CA

Re: Ban the Use of Inhumane Animal Gas Chambers Nationwide

Many people think that animals quietly go to sleep and die in shelter gas chambers. But the reality is it’s a horrific and cruel method of “euthanasia.” The animals are placed in a warm or hot box without sedation. They have no idea what is happening to them and are terrified. The hiss of gas starts and they get dizzy and panic. Screams are heard and fights break out. In some pounds, cats are mixed in with dogs, small dogs are mixed in with large dogs, and they all fight each other for the last breath of air. The 25 or more minutes it takes to end their lives can be complete torture.

Historically, this inhumane method of killing was used by the Nazis, and to this day is not allowed even for the punishment of our most severe serial killers. Yet they can still be legally used to kill innocent homeless pets, including cats and dogs, in 31 states. And if you live in one of the gassing states, your tax dollars might be paying for this atrocity. Here is a map from Animal Aid showing which states need an official gas chamber ban: http://animalaidusa.org/legislation/animal-gas-chamber/

What Animal Organizations Say About Gassing

American Humane Association has stated, “…euthanizing shelter animals by carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide is inhumane to the animal and harmful to humans. American Humane Association considers euthanasia by injection (EBI) to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for all shelter animals.” Source: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/advocacy/campaigns/stop-gassing-campaign.html

The Humane Society of the United States stated, "Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is, without question, an unacceptable method of euthanasia in states where shelters can legally obtain and administer sodium pentobarbital." Source: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resource_library/policies_and_guidelines/statement_on_euthanasia.html

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians has stated, "...the use of carbon monoxide for individual or mass companion animal euthanasia in shelters is unacceptable due to significant humane, operational and safety concerns." Please read their document available online at: http://www.sheltervet.org/associations/4853/files/CO%20Position%20Statement.pdf

This outdated and cruel practice demands public outcry. Please be the voice for the voiceless and innocent shelter animals. They did nothing wrong and have already had the misfortune of losing their homes, getting lost, or suffering living as a stray. It could be your lost pet next…

Please sign this petition and contact your senators to request a gas chamber ban in your state today!

Photo: Daniel the Miracle Beagle who survived the gas chamber & subsequently had a ban gassing bill in PA named after him.

Photo credit: Joe Dwyer

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Darrell Steinberg responds:

      Darrell Steinberg

      Dear Constituent:

      Thank you for your recent communication regarding the gassing of animals. I understand you are concerned about the inhumane ways in which animals are gassed, a cruel method of “euthanasia”, as you put it. I thank yo...


    3. Decision-maker Rebecca Chavez-Houck responds:

      Rebecca Chavez-Houck

      Dear Constituents,
      Thank you for your advocacy and work on this issue. My colleague Rep. Jen Seelig is currently working on legislation to address this concern in our state. I will support her efforts in this regard.

      Warm regards,

      ...


    4. Reached 10,000 signatures
    5. Decision-maker Dian Slavens responds:

      Dian Slavens

      Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about gas chambers and homeless animals. Your feedback is important to me representing our entire community in Lansing.

      As an animal lover and pet owner, I am saddened that such an inhuma...


    6. Reached 9,000 signatures
    7. Decision-maker Joan Millman responds:

      Joan Millman

      Dear Constituents,

      I am writing in response to your correspondence concerning the use of animal gas chambers nationwide.

      I agree with you that carbon monoxide (Gas Chambers) as a method of euthanasia cannot be justified as a means ...


    8. Decision-maker Joyce Maker responds:

      Joyce Maker

      According to the Humane Society of the United States, these are the twelve states that currently ban the use of gas chambers:

      Arizona
      Arkansas
      California
      Delaware
      Florida
      Maine
      Maryland
      New Jersey
      Oregon
      Rhode Island
      Tennesse...


    9. Reached 7,000 signatures
    10. Decision-maker Dian Slavens responds:

      Dian Slavens

      Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about gas chambers and homeless animals. Your feedback is important to me representing our entire community in Lansing.

      As an animal lover and pet owner, I am saddened that such an inhuma...


    11. Reached 5,000 signatures
    12. Decision-maker John Pederson responds:

      John Pederson

      Dear Neighbor,

      Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views on this issue. You raised several valid arguments, and I understand the points you made. Should proposed legislation pertaining to this method of euthanizin...


    13. Reached 2,500 signatures
    14. Decision-maker Raymond Gallison responds:

      Raymond Gallison

      The use of gas chambers is illegal in the State of Rhode Island


    15. Reached 2,000 signatures
    16. Decision-maker Bethany Moura responds:

      Bethany Moura

      As a staunch advocate for animals and avid lover of animals, I absolutely will support this legislation when it comes before the Senate. 

      Thank you for writing and sharing your feelings on this.

      Senator Bethany Moura
      Cumberland/Lin...


    17. Reached 1,500 signatures
    18. Decision-maker Joyce Maker responds:

      Joyce Maker

      http://animalaidusa.org/legislation/animal-gas-chamber/

      It looks like Maine has already baned this procedure.


    19. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Carmen Soto Guerra CABRANES - ASTURIAS, SPAIN
      • 6 months ago

      Is an horrible crime!!! ¡¡STOP IT!!! FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE!!!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Kelley Hottle CHAMBERSBURG, PA
      • 6 months ago

      Extremely cruel.

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    • Mindy Carter CASPER, WY
      • 6 months ago

      Because this is the most inhumane treatment of God's creatures.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Crystal Boutin WOODSVILLE, NH
      • 6 months ago

      Dog Lover!!!

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    • Karen Mcdougal MADISON, MS
      • 6 months ago

      Simple, I love animals and hate to see then suffer

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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