It really is long-past time to ban gas chambers as a means to euthanize animals. ALL of the excuses for using gas chambers have been wiped off the table.
I’m not sure how any shelter operator at this point can really claim they have to use the gas chamber. So many communities have banned the practice and have proven there are other means to deal even with dogs or cats or wildlife that are deemed dangerous.
I found a guest blog post on the Scientific American website that seems to question the existence of animals experience emotion.
Kristina Bjoran on the one hand seems to want to believe that animals have feelings, but near the beginning of her post, she makes the following declaration:
“” The problem is, we can’t say for certain that nonhuman animals feel anything at all. “” – And she goes on to mention anthropomorphism as being a problem.
I could not resist commenting under this piece and noted –
I found a very interesting article in LiveScience.com, reporting on a study conducted on hens at England’s University of Bristol. It seems the mother hens reacted in a rather extreme way if they felt their chicks were in distress.
It is believed the hens are showing empathy. The hens were separated from the chicks during the experiments but were in close proximity. When puffs of air were directed at the chicks, the hens “responded more intensely with a stress response equivalent to fight-or-flight behavior,” according to the article.