Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus has introduced a resolution, H. Res. 736, opposing the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals.
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The resolution calls for states to alternatively use established injectable euthanasia drugs and ensure that appropriate training and certification in these methods is widely available.
6,000,000 to 8,000,000 cats and dogs are placed into the care of between 4,000 to 6,000 local animal shelters each year in the United States. Nearly half of these animals are euthanized each year because adoptive homes are not able to be found for them.
For euthanasia to be considered humane, a technique must expeditiously cause painless unconsciousness, followed by respiratory then cardiac arrest, and ultimately death. Animals euthanized in gas chambers are often forced into confined areas with several other animals, causing unnecessary stress and aggressive behavior and can take over 30 minutes to end an animal’s life and sometimes does not result in the death of all the animals inside.
The use of gas chambers can cause a loss of consciousness and brain function in an animal only after the animal’s vital organs shut down, resulting in prolonged suffering and distress and old, pregnant, neonatal, and injured animals are often biologically unable to absorb the gas as readily as larger or healthier animals, which can prolong the stress and trauma they experience before death.
Our society is striving to become more humane in the treatment of our 4-legged friends. Your support of H.Res 736 will put an end to an old, outdated and barbaric practice that we can no longer tolerate in good conscience. Please support H. Res 736.
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Full text of H. Res. 736 here: http://bit.ly/OdI0sL
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