Six states seek ban on gas euthanasia of shelter animals
By Andrew Seaman Special to, USA TODAY
Six states are considering proposals to ban carbon monoxide gas chamber use in animal shelters as a means of euthanasia, in response to animal rights supporters who say the process is inhumane.
Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have legislation pending, according to Kimberley Intino, director of the Shelter Services Program for the Humane Society of the United States. Twelve states already ban it, she says.
Death by CO poisoning can be slow and terrifying," says Daphna Nachminovitch, vice president of cruelty investigations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "During the process, which can take 30 minutes, panicked animals may gasp for breath, try to claw out of the chamber, and even attack each other."
Intino says that in her six years at the Humane Society, this is the first time multiple states have introduced legislation banning euthanasia by carbon monoxide gas chambers. She says the Humane Society is "incredibly involved" in advocating legislation to protect animals. Read More
It’s always been apparent to me that groups like PETA and HSUS never follow their own suggestions. They have been trying to force the poultry industry to use controlled atmospheric killing (CAK) methods instead of their current methods of harvesting birds. But then when it comes to pets, this method is inhumane. Just go on their websites and search CAK and you will see a different tune being sung. The only reason they push for these changes is because of the expense involved and the hope that it will put the meat industry out of business.