North Carolina officially drops the use of shelter gas chambers

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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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Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project – It’s great to see more organizations getting involved

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Hallmark Channel is kicking off it Pet Project program. The network is promoting the adoption of homeless pets, with the help of organizations such as American Humane Association and PetSmart Charities.

On the website’s about page: “” Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project also aims to shine a spotlight on this country’s epidemic of pet homelessness and provide the public with the information and resources they need to find their new best friend. “”

And the Shelter Pet Project offers information under several tabs.

It’s always great to post good news for a nice change of pace around here.

And the network will premier the TV movie “Puppy Love” this Saturday at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time). A baseball player’s missing dog ends up being adopted by a single mom. I guess the plot is a twist on an age-old story – guy loses dog; guy finds dog; guy falls in love.

Nominations being accepted for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

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The American Humane Association is seeking nominations for its second annual Hero Dog Awards and the deadline is Monday (March 26).

The categories are Law Enforcement/Arson; Service; Therapy; Military; Guides; Search and Rescue; Hearing; Emerging Hero Dogs and ordinary pets that do extraordinary things. Finalists in each of the eight categories will be selected by the public from the pool of contestants and flown to Hollywood for the awards with two human friends – the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. on October 6.

The show, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel.

Public voting will begin on April 1 and finalists will be judged by a panel of celebrities and animal experts including: Whoopi Goldberg, Candy Spelling, CBS’ Debbye Turner Bell, “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, actresses Kristin Bauer Van Straten and many others.

Each of the finalists will win $5,000 for their chosen charity and the top winner will win an additional $10,000 for their charity partner.

From the press release –

Americans love a hero, and this year’s inaugural Hero Dog Awards proved that’s true for the four-legged kind as well,” said Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “The overwhelming outpouring of support for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards instantly transformed this event from a great idea, into a campaign and program that was nationally embraced. Everyone has a hero dog in his or her life, and we want to hear about yours!

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Animal Defenders International: ‘Water for Elephants’ elephant trained with inhumane techniques

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Animal Defenders International is charging that the organization that supplied the elephant – Tai – used in the film “Water for Elephants” was abuse during training.

ADI has released a video showing the alleged abuse. Warning – this may be tough for many people to watch.

American Humane oversaw the use of animals in the making of the movie. But it appears that ADI is stating the abuse occurred in training and not during filming. Have Trunk Will Travel is denying it used electric shock, as is shown in the video.

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