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Texas Closer to Banning Animal Gas Chambers

Texas Closer to Banning Animal Gas Chambers

Texas is not exactly known for its leniency when it comes to capital punishment. But when you’re talking about gasing innocent and neglected animals, that’s where the stateís legislators draw the line. Unanimously.

According to the American Humane Association, as many as four million shelter animals are euthanized every year. This week, the Texas Senate is trying to make at least some of those more humane, as it unanimously approved legislation that bans carbon monoxide for pet euthanasia.†There’s also a bill addressing the same issue waiting to be voted on in the House.

The author of the bill, Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, says carbon monoxide is used with gas chambers and sometimes hooked up to an idling automobile (yes, you read that right). Gas chambers are being used to euthanize dogs and cats in 29 Texas shelters.

If that doesn’t sound cruel enough, just a decade ago, it was even worse. It took The Texas Euthanasia Act of 2003 to keep animal shelters from drowning, shooting, clubbing and strangling animals.

Drowning? Strangling? Clubbing? What kind of people worked in these shelters before 2003? Not animal lovers.

All that was left was carbon monoxide poisoning and sodium pentobarbital injections, the latter clearly the most humane of the two.

According to Karen Brooks Harper of the Dallas Morning News, one sponsor of the companion bill in the House says some people in shelters have griped that “itís easier and more efficient for them to use the gas over the injection.”

Sometimes easier isn’t a good enough reason.

Twenty-nine shelters in Texas are still using carbon monoxide. That soon will change.

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2:57AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013


8:59AM PDT on May 6, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

1:34AM PDT on May 6, 2013

There are humans that have tortured, raped, and brutally murdered the innocent and they have gotten the needle.

How could animals, who are the epitome of goodness and all that is right with the world, get such a cruel end?

5:47AM PDT on May 3, 2013

It should of been banned years ago. What too much for a 3 dollar needle to let them have peace? Shame on you Texas!!!

3:28PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

And it happens to innocent cats.

So many innocent animals killed in such a horrible when they haven't even done anything to deserve death.

3:25PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

I can't believe that any place would ever euthanize innocent animals this way.

What is considered too cruel to do to serial rapists and mass murderers is done to innocent homeless dogs.

4:25AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Killing isn't a solution

1:25PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


4:39PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Hey if innocent animals are killed all over this cruel world just because they exist and there´s an overpopullation of animals, so kill the humans too .

8:05AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

If an average person off the street "disposed" of unwanted animals in this manner, he would go to prison. Gas chambers were used on countless victims in Europe, and were considered war crimes. I see no difference between these "shelters" and Hitler or the people who throw kittens on barbeques. The crime is that it was EVER allowed to take place, and those who allowed it are as guilty as the ones who did it.

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