Utah: : Ban Cruel, Archaic Gas Chambers to Kill Homeless Pets in Shelters
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Utah: : Ban Cruel, Archaic Gas Chambers to Kill Homeless Pets in Shelters

    1. Petition by

      Larissa Tuttle

      Mission Viejo, CA

The picture above is of a kitty named Andrea, who is a spokes kitty to finally get gas chambers banned in the state of Utah. She was gassed twice and put in a freezer, awaiting transport to a landfill, when a shelter worker opened the freezer and heard her meow. This is just one of many demonstrations of how problematic and inhumane gas chambers really are.

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.”

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 Utah!

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    Reasons for signing

    • June Hay Harris NORTH OGDEN, UT
      • 4 months ago

      I was until this evening blissfully unaware of the fact that my State uses the gas chamber. I had believed that Utah was one of the 18 or more US states who had banned the practice of gassing animals. Now I know that is not the case I DO NOT want my tax dollars used to fund this barbaric and completely unnecessary practice. There are multiple more economic and humane methods of ending an animals life. I am horrified this is going on only 6 miles from my home when I have actively and wholeheartedly signed every petition in relation to the use of Gas Chambers elsewhere!

    • Mari lynn NORTH BEACH, MD
      • 6 months ago

      Stop this inhumane practice immediately! You are no better than HITLER!

      CPR for the animals

    • anita james PINCHER CREEK, CANADA
      • 8 months ago




      shut down all puppy mills.......curtail dog breeders.......stop dog racing......huge massive fines for dog fighting..........mobile spay and neuter all over the country...........ban gas chambers in shelters.......ban all heart stix..............tiurn all shelters into adoption agencies instead of GOVERNMENT PAID SLAUGHTER HOUSES...........Above all make spca change its mandate to save not SLAUGHTER.......CEO makes 500,000 per year......that is too much when we are slaughtering animals at an alarming rate................and if you do you will save money too ..

    • Taniya smith NEW ZEALAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 8 months ago

      Inhumane cruel

    • Chrystel Biarnaix Cricri FLERS-DE-L'ORNE, FRANCE
      • 9 months ago

      stop gas chambers !!!!! stop cruelty !!!!!!


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