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Spending the last minutes of your life scrambling for air in a mass of writhing and desperate limbs is nothing short of an horrific nightmare. Yet, for the animals slated to be euthanized by gas chamber, which is still allowed in some states, it's the last reality they leave this world with.

For a period of up to half an hour, the unfortunate dogs and cats fit into these hot boxes are forced to fight for what remaining air they can gasp, as it's replaced with carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide [1].

The phrase "gas chamber" isn't exactly comforting, and it shouldn't be. Despite a categorical ban on such methods in 27 states, gas chamber euthanasia is still practiced in a few, including Utah, Wyoming, Missouri, and Ohio. Bowing to pressure from animal rights advocates, commissioners in Branch County, Michigan, shut down the state's last suspected gas chamber in 2016, giving hope to efforts in the remaining states where the nightmare continues to play out.

In Utah, the fight to ban animal gas chambers has reached the highest halls of state government. But while the state senate was given the opportunity to leave this barbaric option behind, SB56 supporting the ban failed to get enough votes to pass.

Votes against the bill came from senators who claimed the costs of switching to lethal injection methods was too high for their constituents. However, nonprofit groups like the Humane Society of the United States and others offer financial assistance in the form of grants to cover the expense [4].

Sandy City Council member Kristin Coleman-Nicholl offered firsthand testimony of the results of switching in an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune in early 2017.

"The change definitely was easier than anyone thought it would be. The staff has embraced the policy and has adjusted very well," Coleman-Nicholl said. "Our level of service has not gone down, and we still handle wildlife. None of our employees has reported any injury or incidents."

The same compassion for animals can easily be replicated in the few remaining Utah animal facilities that still use the gas chamber for euthanization. With the help of informed and active citizens, the torture can be brought to an end.

Sign this petition to tell Utah's Senate Government Operations Committee and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Animal Industry Division that legislators need to be made aware of the nightmare they're allowing to continue, and ban animal gas chambers for good.

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Dear Utah Senate Government Operations Committee and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Animal Industry Division,

The people of the United States no longer tolerate the uninformed reasoning that allows gas chambers to be used for animal euthanasia in Utah. This practice needs to be banned immediately, and the equipment destroyed.

There is no use for gas chambers in civilized society. Their existence harkens literal terror, and the darkest times of human conflict. While SB56 has been shot down more than once in Utah's senate, the fight to ban gas chamber euthanasia cannot be given up.

Spending the last minutes of your life scrambling for air in a mass of writhing and desperate limbs is nothing short of an horrific nightmare. Yet, for the animals slated to be euthanized by gas chamber, it's the last reality they leave this world with. For a period of up to half an hour, the unfortunate dogs and cats fit into these hot boxes are forced to fight for what remaining air they can gasp, as it's replaced with carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.

Alternatives to this barbaric practice, including lethal injection, are widely accepted at other animal facilities, yet Utah senators refuse to consider the welfare of animals, or the opportunity to join the rest of the civilized world. Nonprofit groups like the Humane Society of the United States and others have even been incentivizing the switch with grants to cover any added expense.

I implore you to inform your fellow legislators of the financial assistance available to facilities that switch from gas chamber to lethal injection and make the decision to ban gas chambers once and for all. The only compassionate decision is to make these methods history, and I truly hope you make that decision in haste.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Feb 24, 2018 Deb Nickou Inhumane, can't believe they still exist, are in use. Make the effort to switch to no kill-with injection for worse case ( severe ill/ trauma, behavior).
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Kristen Amenta
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed) Let’s put the humans that take the animals to the chamber in the chamber and kill them selves instead of the animals
Feb 24, 2018 Pat Halter
Feb 24, 2018 Karen Wineinger
Feb 24, 2018 Eric Goulston
Feb 24, 2018 Ashley Hair
Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 24, 2018 Marleen Neus
Feb 24, 2018 carol collins
Feb 24, 2018 Helene Frangos
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Tommy Brady
Feb 24, 2018 Roger Morman Wrong
Feb 24, 2018 KEVIN RODGERS
Feb 23, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Sophia Lim
Feb 23, 2018 Angela Hembroff
Feb 23, 2018 jude lotz
Feb 23, 2018 Celeste Crowley
Feb 23, 2018 patricia gregory
Feb 23, 2018 anita maldonado
Feb 23, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Elissa Gilbert
Feb 23, 2018 Maya Rudik
Feb 23, 2018 Margaret McGullam
Feb 23, 2018 Lesley Cowie
Feb 23, 2018 Jane Chischilly
Feb 23, 2018 roberta thornton-howard
Feb 22, 2018 Laurie Epperson
Feb 21, 2018 Starr Christ
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) We MUST start to be a civilized society!
Feb 21, 2018 Pamela Miguez
Feb 20, 2018 Nicole Waldeck
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Timothy Spong All sentient beings should be spared unnecessary suffering.
Feb 20, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 20, 2018 vicki hood Barbaric, inhumane, outdated, painful, sick
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Rastatter
Feb 19, 2018 Margaret Caffrey More Nazi than the Nazis themselves in the U.S.A.?
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Josh Smith
Feb 19, 2018 Alison Sebesta
Feb 19, 2018 Paula Duggan
Feb 19, 2018 Judy McKinney

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