There’s some very good news out of my home state of North Carolina. The Department of Agriculture has served notice to county municipal animal shelters that the use of gas chambers is no longer acceptable.
A vast majority of the state’s shelters had already stopped using gas chambers of horror to euthanized homeless pets. A WUNC article from December 9 reports the new standards in North Carolina match recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Association.
The AVMA changed its stance on gas chambers in 2013.
Because we know animals experience emotional as well as physical suffering, it makes the use of gas chambers particularly cruel. The animals certainly experience fear when they are stuffed into the dark chambers and then experience respiratory distress once the gas is turned on, until the end finally comes.
Too often, a group of animals are stuffed inside for a mass killing.
It is a horrible way to die. The only acceptable method to euthanize an animal is through injection. I long for the day when shelters no long euthanize animals. If only more more people understood the importance of sterilization and the importance of caring for their pets as a lifelong commitment.
The policy in North Carolina goes into effect on February 15 of 2015.
Wayne Pacelle of Humane Society of the wrote about the news on his Humane Nation blog.
The HSUS produced this map showing the current map of where gas chambers are used or have been banned:
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