ACO Linda Couldry:
“Dogs cry out in fear and whine and growl and fight desperately to get out! Their bodies are trying to shut down and they don’t understand why. The cats climb the cart walls, meowing continuously, crying pitifully. Cats should not be put in a gas chamber with dogs, but since there are no standards and/or regulations enforced with respect to the use of the chamber, one can only guess what really goes on.”
American Humane Association believes that 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. Please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y_d8WKDdkBI
Most shelter workers wish to hold and comfort a frightened animal in its final moments of life. That act may be the only kindness the animal has ever known. In contrast, even with vigilant oversight, euthanizing any animal by means of a carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas chamber is inhumane to all animals, especially medium and large dogs, and is demoralizing to the shelter workers. Such outdated and cruel practices also create a public outcry and demean the very purpose of an animal shelter. http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/animals/adv-ebi-factsheetpdf.pdf
Eye Witness Acounts: http://www.takeaction-bananimalgaschambers.com/eyewitnessacounts.htm
It is a national tragedy that 3 to 4 million shelter animals must be euthanized every year. Until a solution is reached, the final moments for these animals must be humane. That’s why American Humane Association is a leader in training animal welfare professionals on proper EBI techniques.
Banning Gas Chambers: A Fight You Can Help Us Win
Currently, only nine states have officially banned all forms of gassing for all types of animals in shelters: Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming. Starting in 2009, American Humane Association launched an intensive legislative initiative to ban gas chambers in animal shelters and will continue in this work until the gassing ends.
To help our efforts, American Humane Association recently commissioned a study comparing the cost of EBI and gas chambers that proves EBI is less costly to communities. Using data from an animal sheltering organization, the study shows that the cost to use carbon monoxide poisoning is $4.98 per animal. The cost to use EBI, however, is only $2.29 per animal. Download a copy of the EBI cost study.