Ban Gas Chambers in North Carolina Animal Shelters

Target: Kim Alboum, State Director Humane Society North Carolina Chapter

Goal: End the use of gas chambers in animal shelters throughout the state of North Carolina

North Carolina is a state that still utilizes gas chambers in animal shelters as a means for euthanizing animals. Animals are exposed to copious amounts of carbon monoxide until they die in a practice that is cruel and inhumane. The use of the gas chamber has been deemed inhumane by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the American Humane Association.

Euthanasia by injection (EBI) has been proven to be the most humane and safest way to euthanize shelter animals. Using a gas chamber method is not only inhumane, but can also be dangerous to shelter employees and volunteers. Humans have been injured when dealing with aggressive or wild animals in a gas chamber situation, so EBI is the safest method for staff and volunteers as well. EBI has also proven to be less expensive than the gas chamber method.

Although ideally all animal shelters would be “no kill,” in the meantime demolishing all gas chambers will be a humane and compassionate step in the right direction. Demand that all animal shelters in the state of North Carolina get rid of their gas chambers and instead move to an all EBI method of euthanasia, to be used only in the direst of circumstances.

All shelter animals deserve a chance at a happy life in a loving home. Make the shelter a home away from home, not a frightening torture facility, in order to foster happy animals, welcome guests looking to adopt, and match them with a comfortable, friendly animal ready for their forever home.

To quote Theodor W. Adorno, “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”


Dear Kim Alboum,

Please remove all gas chambers from animal shelters operating in the state of North Carolina. Gas chambers are a cruel, tortuous death device, causing animals to suffocate from carbon monoxide poisoning. This method is not only inhumane for the animals, but can also be dangerous to staff and volunteers who work at the shelter.

Please replace the gas chamber method with the euthanasia by injection (EBI) method, which has been proven to be the safest and most humane method of euthanasia to date. It also more cost effective, leaving no excuse for not switching over to this method in all shelters in North Carolina. Ultimately, work toward a “No Kill North Carolina,” in which all animal shelters are “no kill” shelters. Until then, however, make a step in the right direction by compassionately removing gas chambers from all animal shelters in the state. All shelter animals deserve a chance at a happy life in a loving “forever” home. Please commit to making this dream a reality for all shelter animals in North Carolina.


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  1. It wasn’t an adequate way from 1939-1945 and it’s still NOT yet!

  2. This is so barbaric I can’t believe they continue to do this shame on everyone involved!!

  3. Patricia Wicker says:

    This is SO CRUEL and INHUMANE!!! This should STOP NOW!!!!!!!

  4. Thats one of the worst ways to die that and starvation and dehydration Totally prehistoric in this day and age

  5. Stop this horrible way of death don’t let another animal die like this how would you like to be done like that.

  6. This is absolutely disgusting and inhumane. I can’t even believe this is happening in my state. Please stop this!

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