Could Kansas End Gas Chamber Euthanasia for Shelter Animals?

Animal advocates from across the state came together for earlier this month in Topeka, Kansas to support tougher laws to protect companion animals for Humane Lobby Day, which was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Pet Coalition of Kansas.

People have come to Topeka from across Kansas to speak up for animals, said Midge Grinstead, The HSUS’ Kansas state director. Legislators are recognizing that animal welfare is a high priority issue that enjoys bipartisan support from Kansas voters.

One major point of the day was to support the Kansas Pet Animal Act (SB 57) with amendments included to protect pets.

According to the HSUS, the bill will help animals in a few ways:

Specifically, the bill would establish annual inspections of licensed pet breeding facilities, shelters, research facilities and other licensees; end the use of carbon monoxide chambers that are currently used to euthanize animals in certain shelters; ensure standards of cleanliness at licensed pet breeding and sheltering facilities; allow inspectors to view veterinary records of USDA licensed kennels; and increase representation of shelters and rescue groups within the Governors Pet Animal Advisory board.

Banning gas chambers would be a big improvement in the state. Death by gassing is a slow, stressful and painful process that can take more than 30 minutes. Unconsciousness and death don’t occur until there is enough buildup of gas in the lungs, which can cause terrified animals to suffer needlessly and can take even longer for sick and pregnant or very young or old animals. Many animals are also often gassed at once, which can lead to even more stress and aggression.

Pennsylvania banned gas chamber euthanasia this past October and joined a number of other states that have complete bans or regulations concerning the type of animals that can be gassed, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

As for the rest of the bill helping animals, some are worried that it doesn’t do much to protect animals used for breeding, while it also changes rules and increases licensing fees that would negatively impact shelters and rescues who operate independently.


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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Waheeda S.
Waheeda E4 years ago

Gas chambers should be banned! But first and foremost, people should spay/neuter and not support backyard breeders so animals don't end up in 'shelters' in the first place.

katarzyna phillips

signed the petition.

gassing is cruel and heartless. it's why it was BANNED for human use. at least a human can comprehend what is happening, an animal can't. also if more than one animal is gassed at a time, it'll make each of them panic, especially is one is aggressive and another subservient. animals panic easily if they see 'one of their own' go do down. wouldn't you? it's barbaric. if they need to be put down, then they should be done so in a humane way, with a vet, in a quiet place, preferably shown some love and kindness before they pass, not treated like dog $h!t and killed en masse and put in a yellow bin bag to be incinerated without feeling

Valentina R.
Valentina R4 years ago

Those shelter workers who practice this abhorrent abuse need to be euthanized, not the innocent animals who deserve a loving home.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner4 years ago

Anybody who euthanizes animals is a potential if not an actual criminal. They're not "shelter" workers they don't deserve their so called jobs since they're simply animal abusers and criminals.

Angie V.
Angie V4 years ago

I am sorry to say this if I offend anyone I am sorry too, but who has the heart the size of a sunflower seed to do such awful things to innocent animals?

Наталья Натал

Какой идиот придумал газовые камеры?! Это МУЧЕНИЯ, которые не передать словами. Я ПРОТИВ ГАЗОВЫХ КАМЕР!!!

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky4 years ago

Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

JACQUI GLYDE4 years ago


David V.
David V4 years ago

Katherine W. I agree wiht you 100%. Healthy pets should not be killed under any circumstance.