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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


Apr 23, 2018 Kim Hendershot
Apr 23, 2018 Melissa Whiting
Apr 23, 2018 Melissa Berkebile
Apr 23, 2018 Kandace Flom
Apr 23, 2018 Mercedes Cascio
Apr 23, 2018 Gizem Başkoru
Apr 23, 2018 Puits Valerie
Apr 23, 2018 deb alloway
Apr 23, 2018 Tanya Almazova
Apr 22, 2018 Adriana Miritescu
Apr 22, 2018 Linda Armstead
Apr 22, 2018 Meagan Oltman
Apr 22, 2018 Margaret Gaeta Please stop doing this. I have pets and I cried as I read what is being done to our pets that no one wants. Please save these babies from this torture.
Apr 22, 2018 Helen Taylor
Apr 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Laurie Geller
Apr 22, 2018 Gastaldi Eliane
Apr 22, 2018 Mary Benton
Apr 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Michele Ham It's bad enough that millions are "put down" each year, it a least be done as humanely as possible!
Apr 22, 2018 Jim Kucelin
Apr 22, 2018 Robin Smith
Apr 22, 2018 Kathy Sawdy
Apr 22, 2018 corinne topp This is so terribly cruel and must end before more dogs suffer this awful death
Apr 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Martha Cottle
Apr 22, 2018 Lisa Haszto
Apr 22, 2018 Thomas Pitt
Apr 22, 2018 Stephanie Pitt
Apr 22, 2018 Gavin Putz
Apr 22, 2018 Tahmina Mushtaq dont do it
Apr 22, 2018 Charlotte Dent
Apr 22, 2018 Melissa Denby
Apr 22, 2018 MARY cowen
Apr 21, 2018 Natasha Varner
Apr 21, 2018 Brandy Murrell
Apr 21, 2018 Brandy Moore
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Susan Tripoli
Apr 21, 2018 Patty Audrain
Apr 21, 2018 Ana Ferguson
Apr 21, 2018 Stephanie Domian
Apr 21, 2018 Irene Murphy
Apr 21, 2018 Jacqui Lipschitz
Apr 21, 2018 Karen Angellotti
Apr 21, 2018 Chris Moore May I sincerely suggest that those who are in favor of gas chambers try one out on themselves so they know first hand what it does to a living being. Only then can they "say" that it's ok to use on innocent animals who don't have a voice to beg for mercy

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