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2013 Illinois: McLean & Vermillion Counties Stop Inhumane Gas Chamber Killings of Homeless Pets

According to recent news, there are still two gas chamber shelters remaining in IL!

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 many states. And if you live in one of the gassing states, your tax dollars might be paying for this atrocity.

What Congressman Moran Says about Animal Gas Chambers

“Using gas chambers to kill shelter animals is unnecessarily cruel, causing these animals to suffer in the last moments of their life. This resolution would bring more attention to this unacceptable practice,” said Rep. Moran. “With the continued advocacy of compassionate citizens, I hope we can stamp out this inhumane practice.”
http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-introduces-resolution-opposing-euthanasia-animal-shelters

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

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently stated that they no longer recommend gas for routine euthanasia of cats and dogs.

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 tell politicians to stop archaic gassing homeless pets in Illinois!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Chuck Nesbitt
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Ivadale Foster
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    John Dreher
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Mike Dodge
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Larry Davis
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    John Criswell
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Robert Boyd
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Edwin Barney
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    John C. Alexander
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Robert V. Fox
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Kevin Green
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Cathy Jenkins
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Chuck Mockbee
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Larry Mills
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Dennis Miller
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Jim McMahon
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Michael Marron
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Chris Leigh
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Richard D. Knight
  • Vermilion County Board Member
    Todd Johnson
  • McLean County Board Member
    Carlo Robustelli
  • McLean County Board Member
    Chuck Erickson
  • McLean County Board Member
    Benjamin Owens
  • McLean County Board Member
    Julie J. Brandt
  • McLean County Board Member
    George O. Wendt
  • McLean County Board Member
    Matt Sorensen
  • McLean County Board Member
    Jim Soeldner
  • McLean County Board Member
    Stan Hoselton
  • McLean County Board Member
    Don Cavallini
  • Illinois Governor
  • Illinois State Senate
  • McLean County Board Member
    Laurie Wollrab
  • McLean County Board Member
    William T. Caisley
  • McLean County Board Member
    Sally Pyne
  • McLean County Board Member
    Susan Schafer
  • McLean County Board Member
    Erik Rankin
  • McLean County Board Member
    Paul R. Segobiano
  • McLean County Board Member
    Victoria F. Harris
  • McLean County Board Member
    Rich Buchanan
  • McLean County Board Member
    John McIntyre
  • McLean County Board Member
    George Gordon
  • McLean County Board Member
    Sondra O'Connor
  • Illinois State House


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