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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


Jun 20, 2018 lydia rivera
Jun 20, 2018 tania rivera
Jun 20, 2018 Stanley Jenkins
Jun 20, 2018 Julie Welham
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Linda Marston Ban the gas chamber...SO cruel : (
Jun 20, 2018 Lisa Young
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Angelique Mcclean
Jun 19, 2018 Henrietta Bacso
Jun 19, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 TERESA GRANDINETTI
Jun 19, 2018 Jessica Dickard
Jun 19, 2018 Brigitte Bataille
Jun 19, 2018 John Frevert
Jun 19, 2018 Carly Fowler
Jun 19, 2018 Veronica Torres
Jun 18, 2018 Carol De Hart
Jun 18, 2018 Darrin Bower
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Fraser Please stop torturing these poor animals in their final minutes of life. Ban animal gas chambers for good!
Jun 18, 2018 Diann Ricketts
Jun 18, 2018 Carmen Guzman
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 18, 2018 Aníta Einarsdóttir
Jun 17, 2018 Nataliya Henifin
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Rhonda Lovejoy
Jun 17, 2018 Will Evans
Jun 17, 2018 Annie Postles
Jun 17, 2018 ALEXIA dufour I WAS SHOCK TO SEE THAT THE SAME COMPAGNY WHO USED GAZ DURING WORLD WAR 2 ......ARE THE SAME TO SELL GAZ FOR ANIMALS MASS KILLINGS NOW.WHAT A DISGRACE WHAT A SHAME
Jun 16, 2018 Ashley Waller
Jun 16, 2018 Anne Garrity Any state that utilizes gas chambers to euthanize unfortunate companion animals should be "outed" across the nation. There are humane alternatives. Gas chambers are barbaric and remind us of Nazi Germany. Join the rest of the US and ban gas chambers.
Jun 16, 2018 Carol Hartsock
Jun 16, 2018 Jeri Yinger
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Lorraine Gardiner
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Jodie Brown
Jun 15, 2018 Brigitte Hawkins
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Steven Hairsine There is no need for a gas chamber to euthanize animals when lethal injection is much cheaper and less traumatic for those performing it and the intended
Jun 15, 2018 Susan LeBase
Jun 15, 2018 Hilde Dexters
Jun 15, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) I cannot imagine anyone having the heart to do this to a poor animal that has suffered much already; but if you must kill them, then has some compassion and don't make their last moments so horrific. There's got be a better way. Please stop!!
Jun 13, 2018 marina palmerio Horrendous. This barbarism needs to be banned immediately. Compassion for the welfare of these sentient beings is needed asap!
Jun 13, 2018 marcia frisella PLEASE END THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE__ YOU ARE ONE OF ONLY A FEW THAT STILL DO!!!!!
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) They are not guilty, their owners are!! Make it law to have them all fixed or pay a mighty hefty fine or big jail time!!

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