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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


May 22, 2018 Felicia Weiner
May 22, 2018 J Phillips
May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 22, 2018 Adrian Richardson
May 22, 2018 Melissa Fields
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 randy sallan
May 21, 2018 Lisa Domenici
May 21, 2018 Karyn Eales
May 21, 2018 Liv D
May 21, 2018 Linda Viallet Disgusting!!!
May 21, 2018 Saba Mirel
May 21, 2018 Theresa Chepurny
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Robyn Paynter
May 21, 2018 Amy Plamann
May 21, 2018 Laura Scherry
May 21, 2018 Susanna Karijoki
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Valerie Face
May 20, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 Elizabeth De Avila
May 20, 2018 Frank Puglis
May 20, 2018 Melisa Yusufova
May 20, 2018 kim pow
May 20, 2018 Gabriella Horváth
May 20, 2018 Lisa Hollon
May 20, 2018 Sandra Jewell
May 20, 2018 maria gregory
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Margaret Hunt
May 20, 2018 k Hiles
May 20, 2018 Alexandra Peterson
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Henry Barzilay
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Edie Eastley Unbelievable that in this day and age this cruelty is still being used! PLEASE BAN GAS CHAMBERS NOW!!!
May 19, 2018 Eileen Easton STOP THIS ANTIQUATED, CRUEL PRACTICE NOW!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS STILL BEING USED. I THOUGHT THIS COUNTRY WAS CIVILIZED!
May 19, 2018 Bonnie Helm
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Ray Kowalski
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 anthony mcguinness
May 19, 2018 Janelle Frechette
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Genevieve Erez
May 18, 2018 Barb Breese
May 18, 2018 Joan Kelly

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