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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


Aug 17, 2018 Susie Korosi
Aug 17, 2018 sandra patterson
Aug 17, 2018 Petra Bonello
Aug 17, 2018 solange scherer
Aug 17, 2018 Evelyn Pendall This is HORRIFIC and a LONG EXCRUCIATING PAINFUL PROCESS OF HOMEMADE GASS, THEIR EYES POP AND THEY LITERALLY PHYSICALLY FIGHT FOR THEIR THE BREATH ITS AN UNCIVILIZED SAVAGE WAY FIR US INTELLIGENT HUMANS TO ACT TOWARDS A SENTIENT LIVE BEING ITS BARBARIC
Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 17, 2018 Debi Gray Hitler And the holocaust used gas chambers to kill millions of innocent people including children. Are you proud to follow in his footsteps? Shame on you!
Aug 17, 2018 Louise LaFrancis
Aug 16, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Sybille Gulde Gerechtigkeit für die Tiere, auch Sie haben das Recht auf Leben wie der Mensch. Wir Leben doch nicht mehr im Mittelalter
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 15, 2018 Sheryll Margolis
Aug 15, 2018 Brenda English
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 Jenny Est
Aug 15, 2018 Jana Pettinger
Aug 14, 2018 Linda Haines
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 13, 2018 Margaret Surmiak
Aug 13, 2018 Charlene Henley
Aug 13, 2018 caroline Lord
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Edgerton
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Diana Gill
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Chris Reynolds
Aug 12, 2018 William Batt
Aug 11, 2018 Melissa Owens
Aug 11, 2018 irene galicia Humans are the demons of this world and all I can do is thank God for the human angels who walk this earth.
Aug 10, 2018 graciela somma
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 9, 2018 Fabrice HERMANN
Aug 9, 2018 Jonathan PIN
Aug 9, 2018 Valériane WELSCH
Aug 9, 2018 Agnès WELSCH
Aug 9, 2018 Danielle UNTERNEHR
Aug 9, 2018 Bruno SIMON
Aug 9, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Aug 7, 2018 Michelle Crotty
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Donna Jack NAZIS!!!!
Aug 6, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 5, 2018 D Wyer
Aug 5, 2018 Elvira Trebesius

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