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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!

Letter to
Vermilion County Board Member Chuck Nesbitt
Vermilion County Board Member Ivadale Foster
Vermilion County Board Member John Dreher
and 40 others
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
Re: Illinois: McLean & Vermillion Counties Stop Inhumane Gas Chamber Killings of Homeless Pets

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.

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…

County and state officials, please put a stop to inhumane gas chambers now!