ALDF Petition leads to Ban on Puppy Gassing in North Carolina Shelters

Posted on December 9, 2014

Gas Chambers Become History As Tar Heel State Prohibits Painful Method of Euthanizing Cats and Dogs

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Megan Backus, ALDF
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF

puppy-fence-cc-BMclvr-article-image-230pxRALEIGH — The North Carolina Board of Agriculture has announced it will now prohibit gas chambers in the “routine euthanasia of cats and dogs”—a decision following an April 2014 petition for rulemaking on the issue that the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed with the board. As ALDF detailed in its petition, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Humane Association (AHA), and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) all generally disapprove of gas chambers as a regular method of euthanasia at animal shelters.

This controversial method of destroying animals is already outlawed in numerous states, and most North Carolina counties have voluntarily ceased this practice. In the past three years, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has assisted more than a dozen shelters in abandoning their gas chambers. Kim Alboum, HSUS’s state director, also advised ALDF on local issues in support of the petition.

Gassing has drawn strong criticism from animal health experts because animals are often crammed in small enclosures in which they sense the coming gas, panic together, and take an unnecessarily long time to die. The HSVMA has stated that gassing is “not considered to be humane euthanasia, and should never be permitted in a shelter setting.” According to the 2013 AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, shelters should minimize distress experienced by animals, noting that “euthanasia of companion animals is best conducted in quiet, familiar environments.” ALDF petitioned the board to ban gas chambers for all animals, not just cats and dogs, but has not yet received response to that request. ALDF was assisted by Altera Corporation in filing the petition.

“With this change, the state Board of Agriculture has come in line with the medical science and with humane laws,” says Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “The board must now work to ensure all North Carolina shelters follow this rule.”

Copies of the petition are available upon request.

27 thoughts on “ALDF Petition leads to Ban on Puppy Gassing in North Carolina Shelters

  1. Rena says:

    puppy mills are the worst cruel trade and should be punished the highest. Puppy Mills contribute to all the killings in masses in the shelters but also the shelters laziness and policies must be changed to no kill shelter policies.

  2. Barbara says:

    None of it is good but the injection is oh so much better ….. thats what my vet uses and let me tell you I have known this lady for over 20 yrs and yes I have had many a dog and cat put down … the injection is much much better. I thank you and have a good day.

  3. betty Jeane Murphy says:

    Gassing is an horrifically inhumane practice and should have been banned years and years ago!!!!!!!!!Many animals are not dead when they are removed from the chamber after a gassing….the suffering is just horrible!!!!!!!WHY is North Carolina STILL using this method of is NOT euthanasia..the word EUTHANASIA means “good death”…Gassing is definitely NOT a good death!!! Come out of the dark ages, NC.and STOP…and by the way..gassing is NOT cheaper than needle euth.!!!

  4. Susan Wade says:

    This is great news. I cannot think of a worse way to euthanize animals than with gas chambers. Although I wish every single animal shelter were no kill, I know that this is unrealistic with the overwhelming overpopulation of animals in the U.S.

  5. Bonnie Beck says:

    Just stop all the gassing and killings.

  6. Elena Lewis says:

    We are a civilized society and this is a cruel and inhumaine way to abolish these animals. Lets move forward towards becoming a more conpassionate people.

  7. We don’t GAS Child Murders, we don’t Gas at all , So WHY would we GAS Animals that do so very much for us and to help us ? We INTRUST Our Lives to some of them ( K 9 Officers) We even Gave them the Name of Mans Best Friend, IS This ANY WAY to Do Your BEST FRIEND and Helper, Something That LOVES YOU NO Matter WHAT ?? WELL IS IT ?

  8. s stock says:

    Will hey replace the gas chamber with heart sticking? I think it should be done away with as well.

    1. Laura Collier says:

      What is heart sticking?

      1. Stacey says:

        Injection straight to the heart cavity. I’ve seen video with a handler will lift a dog up to expose the chest and another worker will rush to stab them in the heart with the needle. They fall to the floor in a matter of seconds. Plenty of shelters still use this option. It’s a barbaric and inhumane practice that should’ve been abolished ages ago!

  9. Jaime Politano says:

    It is terribly inhumane and cruel to gas animals, especially when there is such a better alternative and much more compassionate with an injection.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  10. Heather Lackey says:

    Now if we could just get WY to quit gassing. It is such a long, scary horrific way to die. The animals fight it and fight it and it can take five to ten minuets for a rat imagine how long for a dog or cat. Sickening!!

  11. Sheryll Punneo says:

    They need to prohibit the damn things forever !!!

  12. Pat Bryan says:

    Out of 100 counties in North Carolina, only 6 still had gas chambers. Where I live in NC, they never had a gas chamber. Recently they have changed the procedure so that animals are sedated prior to euthanasia, at the insistence of my wonderful vet. Now if people would just spay/neuter their pets, maybe the population would decrease so that it wasn’t necessary at all unless an animal is brought in where the most humane thing to do is to put it to sleep.

  13. Stephen mcnulty says:

    Need to stop this its cruel it makes me sick end it now

  14. sharon chang says:

    remember that God made the animals first and that man was an afterthought!

  15. Mo says:

    Stop gassing puppies, slaughtering animals in good health is a CRIME !!!

  16. lousberg says:

    Gassing, killing animals in good health IS A CRIME.

  17. Katja Mihajlovic says:

    Peace and Freedom for all creatures on Earth

  18. Debbie Baughman says:

    Please outlaw this practice. Stop all kill shelters to be no kill shelters.

  19. Fatma kamel says:

    Stop all kill shelters!!!

  20. Vikky Lonie says:

    Cruelty must end

  21. Peter MacQueen says:

    Thanks to ALDF !!!!

    *** Thanks to ALDF and attorney Chris Berry for their hard work that ended the use of Gas Chambers in NC. ***

  22. denise says:

    plz let’s help our friends , they deserve our attention !

  23. Stacey says:

    Wonderful news but long overdue and this legislation needs passed universally and globally across the board!!


  25. Tammy rapa says:

    This is torture!!!! Its not right!!

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