Target: The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Goal: Classify gas chamber euthanasia for shelter animals as “unacceptable.”
In the past few years, much progress has been made to end gas chamber killings in U.S. animal shelters. As of today, more than 20 states have banned this practice, and even more are following suit. While the Humane Society of the United States has worked hard to eliminate these chambers, it still needs help. Specifically, it would like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to classify gas chamber use as unacceptable in its “Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals;” instructions intended for use by members of the veterinary profession. If an organization as influential as AVMA stands against gas chamber use, then this awful practice can be ended for good.
Gas anesthetics have been used to euthanize animals for decades. The process involves locking the animal in a sealed chamber where gas is pumped in, causing unconsciousness and ultimately, death. There is strong evidence to show that the animals undergo suffering while inside the chamber. Many claw at the walls and whine to be released while others vomit from the stress, and the introduction of carbon monoxide causes dizziness and panic. The entire process can take up to 30 minutes.
AVMA recently changed the classification of gas chamber use from “acceptable” to “acceptable with conditions,” which is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Still, by classifying the process as acceptable at all, the organization endorses it in states where the chambers are not banned. Despite the widely held belief that euthanasia of innocent animals is a crime in itself, carrying out animal killings in this way is monstrous, and it is not an acceptable means of euthanasia.
The fight to end euthanasia for good will be a long one, but urging influential organizations to stand against inhumane methods of killing is a vital step for progress. Assist the Humane Society of the United States in its battle to end gas chambers, and urge the American Veterinary Medical Association to change its classification of gas chamber use to unacceptable and inhumane in every case.
Dear American Veterinary Medical Association,
I would like to first thank you for recently changing your classification of gas chamber use for the euthanasia of shelter animals from “acceptable” to “acceptable with conditions.” Because gas chambers are harmful methods of euthanasia that cause innocent animals to suffer physically and psygologically, I would therefore like you to further change your classification of this practice to “unacceptable.” It is evident that by altering the classification in the first place, you recognize that gas chambers are often extremely inhumane. Truly, they are inhumane in every way, and it would be best if no animal were to suffer from them ever again.
Gas chambers prolong the death of the animal and cause unnecessary pain and distress. That 20 states in the U.S. have already banned their use shows how inappropriate they are, and the professional veterinary community must recognize this and take action. Your guidelines for euthanasia are widely followed by clinics and shelters across the United States, and you have the power to help end gas chambers by classifying them as unacceptable in every way. Please do this and stand against a horribly inhumane method of animal killing.
[Your Name Here]
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