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Animals Continue to Die While Politicians Debate

Animals Continue to Die While Politicians Debate

Is there ever a “good” reason to use a gas chamber for euthanizing homeless animals? That’s the issue being hotly debated by politicians in North Carolina as they review two new euthanasia bills.

North Carolina is one of the few states left that use the cruel method of gas chambers filled with carbon monoxide for euthanasia. Now there are two different legislative bills being proposed to ban the practice. One way or another, North Carolina will finally step out of the dark ages and enter the 21st century.

The good news is that the majority of the state’s animal shelters have already tossed out their gas chambers and instituted the more humane method of euthanasia by lethal injection. But thirty-two of them are holdouts who continually ignore public pleas to stop and whichever bill passes, they will be forced to comply.

Here are the differences between the two bills. Introduced by Rep. Cary Allred, House Bill 6 or Davie’s Law is the purer version of the proposals. It prohibits any animal from being killed through the use of a gas chamber. The bill was named after a shelter puppy that survived a gas chamber killing and was rescued after a couple heard him crying from inside a garbage bag in a dumpster in Davie County. Allred also showed how lethal injection would save the state money.

In his presentation Allred said, “Animals do have rights. If they didn’t we wouldn’t have animal welfare laws. Animals have feelings. If they didn’t have feelings, they wouldn’t love you the way they do.”

Davie’s Law is supported by the American Humane Association and the North Carolina Coalition for Humane Euthanasia as well as other animal rescue groups.

Bill 27 is more of a compromise that bans carbon monoxide poisoning, except for cases of wild or dangerous animals. They include feral cats in this category.

Some extremists are fighting both bills saying that gas chambers are humane. Lt. Michelle Starnes of the Union County Sheriff’s office and who oversees animal control said, “It is my firm belief that inhalation is just as humane.” She thinks each county should make their own decision.

Alice Singh, from the Coalition for Humane Euthanasia told legislators that even the wild animals suffer. “I’ve watched them where you put the animals in, one at a time,” Singh said about gas chambers. “You get put in this metal box and you hear the lid slam…They’re scared. They’re horrified. And the animals don’t die immediately and you can hear some scream.”

The North Carolina American Veterinary Medical Association is remaining neutral about the practice. And their national group AVMA put out a statement that the use of gas chambers is a humane method of euthanizing. However their policy excludes the killing if the animals are less than 16 weeks, pregnant or sick. Try to figure that one out – shouldn’t humane be for everyone?

At this point the legislators have not acted on either Bill. If you live in North Carolina, please look closely at the proposals and make your voice heard. It is sad enough that we have to euthanize unwanted pets, but to make them suffer during their last few moments of life is incomprehensible.

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11:34AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Politicians will debate as long as they breathe.
There are programs that could be learned from that avoids killing..seems to be working in L.A. They are partnered with Best Friends.
The ignorant politicians need to get with the program....which will be difficult (considering what we are dealing with), but I would think that a platform of working towards a no kill shelter would be a positive aid in reelection!

10:11AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Until animals are seen as more than a rock or piece of plastic, this will not stop. The ONLY way to stop this is to give animals the same rights as humans. That means not killing them for any reason. Not food, not clothing, not anything.

Until everyone on this planet is Vegan, this WILL NOT STOP.

6:19PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

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6:19PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

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6:19PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

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6:16PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

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5:38PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

I've just read about the 'Ray of hope' programme that has taken the euthanasia rate of unwanted cats and dogs in Kansas City shelters from 54% to 4% during the first six months of 2009. It’s a program that links together the services of the Kansas City police, the Humane Society, volunteers, local no-kill shelters and rescue groups both in the city and across the country.
Ray of Hope is all about cooperation, coordination and communication between these agencies and it could be replicated in just about every city across the country. It’s actually a pretty simple concept of government entities and non-profit groups working together as a team to save the lives of innocent cats and dogs.
So instead of North Carolina politicians remaining a talking shop, surely someone there has enough intelligence to take on board what's happening in Kansas. There is no need for any animal to die unless it is really sick and beyond help.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/how-one-city-has-stopped-the-killing-of-homeless-pets.html#ixzz1yC7YT7vh

5:17AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

We are living in such an evil and cruel world. When is animal cruelty going to stop!!!! Why must animals continue to be abused, neglected, suffer the horrific treatment that is just sickening to the pit of my stomach, while we wait for the "Powers that Be" make a decision on an animals lives. I am so angry and cry everyday at what is going on out there. I just find it too much to bear knowing as I write this comment animals are going through hell at the hands of man. God is watching and crying at what is being done to his animals. Remember "what goes around comes around". I wish he would strike them down dead, they deserve to walk this earth.

12:18PM PDT on Mar 24, 2009

Cruelty at it's best with gassing. Stop this inhumane act.

2:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

WE HAVE TO STOP OUR FRIENDS, COMPANIONS, AND OUR FAMILY MEMBERS FROM BEING KILLED. ANIMALS DO NOTHING TO DESERVE THIS CRUEL ACT. GOD MADE EACH ANIMAL FOR US TO TAKE CARE OF. IMAGINE HOW GOD FEELS WHEN THIS CRIME TAKES PLACE? WE HAVE TO SPEAK FOR THE ANGELS WHO CAN'T SAY "PLEASE DON'T TAKE MY LIFE, I ENJOY LIVING." I WONDER IF ANIMALS WOULD DO THAT TO US? I DON'T THINK SO. WHAT WOULD LIFE BE WITHOUT OUR PRECIOUS GIFTS FROM GOD? OUR LOVING ANIMALS.

SHANNON CONTRENCHIS

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