Target: Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Goal: End the use of gas chambers in animal shelters and make owners financially responsible for pet care
Carbon monoxide gas chambers are metal boxes which are filled with several animals at once who are then suffocated en masse over the course of 45 seconds. This method of euthanasia causes animals extreme distress, costs a large amount of money, and is generally inhumane. Nineteen states have currently banned the use of these chambers.
The House Agriculture Committee for the Commonwealth in Harrisburg recently approved two animal welfare bills. HR 2630 is titled The Animal Euthanasia Act and requires special licensing and training of animal control shelter personnel in order to perform lethal injections, ending the use of gas chambers. HR 2409, The Costs of Care of Seized Animals, makes any animals seized because of neglect or animal cruelty the financial responsibility of their owners, whereas in the past animal shelters have become obligated to care for the animals. These bills now move onto the House floor for a vote.
Please show your full support for the passing of these bills. Ensure that such animal cruelty is not tolerated in Pennsylvania and is not continued. As more states come to pass these laws, a standard is ever closer to being set. Giving your support here will set a precedent which begins to change policies the nation over.
Dear Pennsylvania House of Representatives,
The Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee recently approved two bills which would take great steps towards curbing a form of animal cruelty in your state. The Animal Euthanasia Act, HR 2630, would essentially end the use of gas chambers used to put down animals. The practice of using gas chambers is slow, painful, and costly. The Costs of Care of Seized Animals, HR 2409, would make owners financially responsible for any seized pets.
Both bills are now moving to the House floor for a vote. Please do your state’s animal population a service and take a stand against animal cruelty. Nineteen states have already taken such measures, and it’s necessary that you join this effort to rid the nation of these barbaric practices. The passing of these bills will help set a precedent for all states yet to do so.
[Your Name Here]
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