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Originally Posted: August 24, 2012
Tell your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor H.Res. 736 expressing opposition to the use of gas chambers for shelter animals, and supporting state laws to replace gas chambers with euthanasia by injection.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually. Regardless of one's position on whether and when shelters should euthanize, there is broad agreement that the gas chamber is cruel, and that lethal injection is more humane.
Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, has introduced House Resolution 736, expressing opposition to the use of gas chambers for shelter animals, and supporting state laws to replace gas chambers with euthanasia by injection.
Death by gassing (usually carbon monoxide) often takes 30 minutes or more. Unconsciousness sets in only when vital organs shut down, which is a slow, painful process. Often multiple animals are placed into the chambers together, enhancing the fear, panic and distress as some become aggressive during the procedure.
Pregnant, injured, or very young and very old animals absorb the gases differently than healthy animals, which can lead to even longer time before the onset of death. Some animals have emerged from the gas chambers still alive, to then be subjected to the same terrifying experience a second time.
Only 18 states have laws banning the use of gas chambers. Though many shelters in the other states do use lethal injection, gas chambers are still used at too many shelters.
While a resolution is not a bill, and does not have the power to ban gas chambers in animal shelters, it establishes on the record that Congress opposes the practice. It also bolsters efforts at the state level to ban gas chambers, which several states are currently pursuing.
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