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.

65 comments

Sue H
Sue H18 hours ago

If our "governments" would shut down every commercial breeder, we wouldn't have to be killing animals.

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Filomena C
Filomena Cyesterday

killing animals in gas chambers is very very sad! A pure cruelty.

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Berenice Guedes d

What a cruelact! This is heartbraking. And make me think that are more than one Adolf Hitler living in these places!!! I hope that them all remain forever in hell!!!

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Berenice Guedes de Sá

I do agree with Nicole Heindrickx. No animal should be euthanized!!

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Ingrid H
Ingrid H3 days ago

Thank you

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Nicole H
Nicole H6 days ago

Some of these homeless pets go to a shelter, and if they are lucky, they are treated, well fed, and put for adoption. But shelters have a limited capacity. Now, there are many shelters where they put 3 or even 4 little ones together, or 2 bigger ones in one cage, just because they lack space. And a certain number of dogs never get adopted. For all kind of (stupid) reasons. But this is reality. And then we have to ask ourselves : will we leave them in the streets, and keep breeding... or will we euthanize some of them. Those who after over 6 months in the shelter have not yet been adopted, and people know that only a miracle could get them out of there ?? It is a very very hard nut to crack. And now that more and more crippled and sick dogs from puppy mills are kicked out in the streets, or left behind somewhere in a park or forest, the problem only gets bigger and bigger... You are NOT a murderer to put your sick / disabled pet in a shelter, and pay your contribution fee for leaving them behind.. But if you have to choose between your own children and a pet, the decision is soon made. I certainly know many of you will NOT agree with me, but one has to face reality. And reality, certainly the last years, is not that good. Not in the U.S.A., an neither in Europe.

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Nicole H
Nicole H6 days ago

I really do not understand why they (re) publish this article, dating from 8 years ago. I hope that in the meantime regulations / laws have been adapted. Anyhow, euthanizing of pets is a delicate matter. Most of you maintain that NO animal should ever be euthanized, unless being terminally sick and incurable. Of course I do not live in America, and do not know the situation in the various States. But I hope some of you ever went to Barcelona. We went there on holidays. We were surrounded by stray dogs, emaciated, wounded, injured, and really in horrible condition. My heart was bleeding, and instead of having a nice visit to the city, we returned to the parking garage to avoid seeing more of them. Then I ask myself : seen the economic situation, with more and more people unemployed, even not able to have themselves 1 meal a day for themselves and their children. They are living in small, humid and unhealthy apartments. Sometimes 2 bedrooms for 6 people. No hot water. Only heating in the living room. In 1 word : EXTREME POVERTY. Most of them try to keep their pets with them, but also a lot of them abandon them when they have to move. Can you really blame them ? I'am sure they have sleepless nights as well, and a lot of heartache.. .../2

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 days ago

Great comment s Poor animals terrible politicians . Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 days ago

How cruel and horrible Stuff the Politicians . Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 days ago

Deplorable and despicable . Thank you for caring and sharing

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