Target: Virginia Representative Jim Moran
Goal: Express gratitude for attempting to eliminate carbon monoxide gas chambers at animal shelters
Nearly two-thirds of states still allow the use of archaic, inhumane gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals. Gas chambers use odorless carbon monoxide to poison animals, causing stress to animals, putting workers in danger, and costing shelters a great deal of money. But thanks to the audacious efforts of Virginia Representative Jim Moran, gas chambers may one day be a thing of the past. He has introduced a resolution that would require states to enact laws requiring the use of humane injectable drugs when euthanasia is required. Representative Moran must be commended for his noble actions.
Animals suffer high levels of stress when being placed in gas chambers, and suffer prolonged deaths. Many of these animals are sick, injured or old, and suffer greater stress and pain in gas chambers. Shelter workers are also put at risk in gas chambers, often suffering bites and scratches from nervous animals, and have been injured and even killed by the virtually undetectable carbon monoxide. Studies have also proven that gas chambers are more expensive to operate compared to injectable drugs. These drugs offer a humane and safe alternative, as the animal quickly loses consciousness and does not suffer in its death.
Currently, shelters in 16 states do not have the authority to obtain and use euthanasia drugs without cooperation from a local veterinarian, making gas chambers an easy alternative. The euthanasia of animals is a problem that must ultimately be addressed with spaying and neutering and increased adoption efforts, but for now it remains a sad reality. When an animal must be euthanized, it must be done as humanely as possible—with injectable drugs. Commend Representative Moran for his efforts to alleviate the needless suffering of animals at the end of their lives.
Dear Representative Moran,
I would like to take the time to thank you for your courageous efforts to eliminate gas chambers in American animal shelters. As you well know, gas chambers are dangerous and inhumane.
Currently, shelters in 16 states cannot legally obtain and use euthanasia drugs without cooperation from a local veterinarian, making gas chambers an easy alternative. Although euthanasia of animals is a problem that must ultimately be addressed with spaying and neutering and increased adoption efforts, for now it remains a sad reality. When an animal must be euthanized, it must be done as humanely as possible—with injectable drugs. Thank you for the valuable work you’ve done to improve the welfare of animals at the end of life, as well as the safety of shelter workers.
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