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Victory! Texas Bans Gas Chamber Euthanasia

Victory! Texas Bans Gas Chamber Euthanasia

On May 10, Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that immediately bans gas chamber euthanasia for homeless pets throughout the state of Texas.

The bills to ban gas chambers and require homeless pets be euthanized by sodium pentobarbital injection (EBI) were introduced by Representative Eddie Lucio III and Senator Kirk Watson earlier this year and had gained support from the public and a number of animal advocacy organizations, including the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Watson called gassing a “cruel, expensive and unsafe” method for euthanizing unwanted animals.

“Prior to the Texas Euthanasia Act of 2003, Texas shelters were killing dogs and cats by drowning, shooting, clubbing, strangling, and by carbon monoxide poisoning from truck and car exhaust systems hooked up to makeshift plywood boxes. The 2003 law prohibited most of these methods, limiting shelters to two methods: carbon monoxide gassing or sodium pentobarbital (euthanasia by injection/EBI),” wrote Watson in the bill’s analysis.

Sadly, more than 100,000 dogs and cats are still being euthanized every year in Texas shelters, and carbon monoxide was still being used in approximately 30 of these facilities, according to the THLN, which pointed out that the 2003 law was weakened by not requiring gas chambers to be commercially built.

The gas used, typically carbon monoxide, can affect each animal differently and can subject them to prolonged fear, stress and suffering, along with causing aggressive behavior when multiple animals are gassed together. Unconsciousness and death don’t occur until there is enough buildup of gas in the lungs, which can take up to 30 minutes and cause terrified animals to suffer needlessly. Gas chambers also pose a threat to the safety and well being of shelter workers.

It’s bad enough that millions of homeless pets are being killed in shelters every year, at the very least they deserve better than having their last moments on earth filled with the horrors of a gas chamber. There is absolutely no reason for the shelters who still use them to do so when there is a safer, more humane and less expensive alternative available via lethal injection. EBI is widely considered a more humane method for euthanasia and is supported by a number of organizations, including the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Control Association.

As for the rest of the homeless pets in the country who still face the possibility of being gassed, Congressman Jim Moran just reintroduced House Resolution 208 to oppose the use of gas chamber euthanasia. While the resolution won’t ban gas chambers, it will show congressional disapproval for their use. It also calls for states to adopt the more humane method of euthanasia via lethal injection and seeks to ensure that shelter workers have ready access to training and certification for humane euthanasia techniques.

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5:03PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Good!

6:40PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

I am so grateful to the Governor & Happy these "Horror Chambers" will not be used. NOW= this has to STOP EVERYWHERE ELSE!!!!~ Rescues need to come in & assist in adoption. Spay & Neuter needs to be practiced---It's HUMAN FAILURE -----Always Is!!!~

6:36PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

I am so grateful to the Governor & Happy these "Horror Chambers" will not be used. NOW= this has to STOP EVERYWHERE ELSE!!!!~

4:54PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

I would release an animal into the wild before I'd take it to a kill-shelter where the possibility of gassing exists.
Hey, there's an idea... we don't hunt down and "euthanize" animals we normally see in the wild (bears, fox, wolves, raccoons, squirrels, possum, beaver, bobcats, doves, hawks etc) so why do we do it to our dearest domestic animals? It's not as though we synthetically manufactured them just for our own pleasure! Their roots are just as wild as any of the other animals I've listed.
Who the he11 started the kooky craze of "if we can't adopt them out, let's just murder them".

6:39AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Banning all euthanasia is downright ignorant and silly. There is one way to euthanize with gas that is totally painless and that is by nitrogen gas. Nitrogen gas is alreadt 80% of the atmosphere so it is completely odor-free. Remove the oxygen from the air and all animals and people would pass out an die painlessly without being aware of what was happening. That's because without oxygen, there is no carbon dioxide buildup in the body to stimulate breathing. Euthanasia by pure nitrogen gas is less painful than a shot and, therefore, more humane.

11:57PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Thank God No living thing deserves to die like that especially a poor defenseless animal that does not understand why it is made to suffer and die like that. What a revolting animal man is.The way we as human beings treat animals will determine our future.

11:56PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Thank God No living thing deserves to die like that especially a poor defenseless animal that does not understand why it is made to suffer and die like that. What a revolting animal man is.The way we as human beings treat animals will determine our future.

4:27AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

already signed, but thanks for sharing :)

2:00AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thank you to those who did the work.

3:16PM PDT on May 31, 2013

Certainly, though I hate to think it, Gov. Perry will think of some way to change his ruling.
I'd be delighted, but, very surprised, since the man doesn't have one ounce of compassion, that I can see, for Humans! As a resident of TX., I am normally embarassed by anything he says or does.
I hope I'm wrong this time.

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