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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


Nov 24, 2017 Wendy Sanderson BAN ANIMAL GAS CHAMBERS FOR GOOD RESCUE,, ADOPT,FOSTER .NO KILL
Nov 24, 2017 Maria Simmons This practice needs to STOP, NOW!!!!
Nov 23, 2017 Hanne Jensen
Nov 23, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Nov 23, 2017 john pivirotto use a little MERCY!!!!
Nov 22, 2017 Sandra Kisieleski
Nov 22, 2017 Lynn Winn There is no reason to make these animals suffer by an inhumane method of euthanasia. 0lease stop it now
Nov 22, 2017 Lucinda Hare
Nov 22, 2017 Erin McDonald RVT
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Gail Dato What kind of human beings can condone this.
Nov 22, 2017 Antonia Powell
Nov 22, 2017 Lynne Minore
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Brin Cunningham
Nov 22, 2017 Becky Hawkins
Nov 22, 2017 Tina Van Rikxoord
Nov 22, 2017 Siara Lara
Nov 21, 2017 C Friedrich
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 20, 2017 Pamela Yoder
Nov 20, 2017 aya oda
Nov 20, 2017 ligia laffitte
Nov 20, 2017 helen buchanan
Nov 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Nov 20, 2017 Roxana Carcamo Awful
Nov 20, 2017 Kathleen Felkner This is beyond gross and needs to stop now. Please do the right thing and eliminate this way of euthenasia.
Nov 20, 2017 Dena Albright
Nov 20, 2017 Beth Stauber
Nov 20, 2017 Lisa Jackson
Nov 19, 2017 Maibritt Andersen
Nov 19, 2017 Kaitlin Stroud
Nov 19, 2017 Vanessa Evans
Nov 19, 2017 Rebecca Dunne
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Judy Singer
Nov 19, 2017 Aziza Smith
Nov 19, 2017 Sandra Faucher
Nov 19, 2017 Gisele PENA
Nov 19, 2017 Colleen Dawber
Nov 19, 2017 Bel Ange
Nov 19, 2017 Cathy Beacock Barbaric!!!!!
Nov 19, 2017 maria peteinaraki
Nov 19, 2017 A. O.Schaller
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 19, 2017 Michelle Hayward
Nov 18, 2017 Faye Harbottle Disgusting and get rid of it...

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