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Spending the last minutes of your life scrambling for air in a mass of writhing and desperate limbs is nothing short of an horrific nightmare. Yet, for the animals slated to be euthanized by gas chamber, which is still allowed in some states, it's the last reality they leave this world with.

For a period of up to half an hour, the unfortunate dogs and cats fit into these hot boxes are forced to fight for what remaining air they can gasp, as it's replaced with carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide [1].

The phrase "gas chamber" isn't exactly comforting, and it shouldn't be. Despite a categorical ban on such methods in 27 states, gas chamber euthanasia is still practiced in a few, including Utah, Wyoming, Missouri, and Ohio. Bowing to pressure from animal rights advocates, commissioners in Branch County, Michigan, shut down the state's last suspected gas chamber in 2016, giving hope to efforts in the remaining states where the nightmare continues to play out.

In Utah, the fight to ban animal gas chambers has reached the highest halls of state government. But while the state senate was given the opportunity to leave this barbaric option behind, SB56 supporting the ban failed to get enough votes to pass.

Votes against the bill came from senators who claimed the costs of switching to lethal injection methods was too high for their constituents. However, nonprofit groups like the Humane Society of the United States and others offer financial assistance in the form of grants to cover the expense [4].

Sandy City Council member Kristin Coleman-Nicholl offered firsthand testimony of the results of switching in an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune in early 2017.

"The change definitely was easier than anyone thought it would be. The staff has embraced the policy and has adjusted very well," Coleman-Nicholl said. "Our level of service has not gone down, and we still handle wildlife. None of our employees has reported any injury or incidents."

The same compassion for animals can easily be replicated in the few remaining Utah animal facilities that still use the gas chamber for euthanization. With the help of informed and active citizens, the torture can be brought to an end.

Sign this petition to tell Utah's Senate Government Operations Committee and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Animal Industry Division that legislators need to be made aware of the nightmare they're allowing to continue, and ban animal gas chambers for good.

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Dear Utah Senate Government Operations Committee and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Animal Industry Division,

The people of the United States no longer tolerate the uninformed reasoning that allows gas chambers to be used for animal euthanasia in Utah. This practice needs to be banned immediately, and the equipment destroyed.

There is no use for gas chambers in civilized society. Their existence harkens literal terror, and the darkest times of human conflict. While SB56 has been shot down more than once in Utah's senate, the fight to ban gas chamber euthanasia cannot be given up.

Spending the last minutes of your life scrambling for air in a mass of writhing and desperate limbs is nothing short of an horrific nightmare. Yet, for the animals slated to be euthanized by gas chamber, it's the last reality they leave this world with. For a period of up to half an hour, the unfortunate dogs and cats fit into these hot boxes are forced to fight for what remaining air they can gasp, as it's replaced with carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.

Alternatives to this barbaric practice, including lethal injection, are widely accepted at other animal facilities, yet Utah senators refuse to consider the welfare of animals, or the opportunity to join the rest of the civilized world. Nonprofit groups like the Humane Society of the United States and others have even been incentivizing the switch with grants to cover any added expense.

I implore you to inform your fellow legislators of the financial assistance available to facilities that switch from gas chamber to lethal injection and make the decision to ban gas chambers once and for all. The only compassionate decision is to make these methods history, and I truly hope you make that decision in haste.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Timothy Spong All sentient beings should be spared unnecessary suffering.
Feb 20, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 20, 2018 vicki hood Barbaric, inhumane, outdated, painful, sick
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Rastatter
Feb 19, 2018 Margaret Caffrey More Nazi than the Nazis themselves in the U.S.A.?
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Josh Smith
Feb 19, 2018 Alison Sebesta
Feb 19, 2018 Paula Duggan
Feb 19, 2018 Judy McKinney
Feb 19, 2018 Elona Ertner
Feb 19, 2018 Pat Parkin
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 April Johnson
Feb 19, 2018 Christine Geise
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Uberlinda Ramirez
Feb 19, 2018 Fabian Müller
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Williams
Feb 19, 2018 Jason Saville
Feb 19, 2018 Janet Smith
Feb 18, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Linda Syroid
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Meghan Fialkoff
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Dankmeyer
Feb 17, 2018 Valerie Shuter
Feb 17, 2018 Mary Butvill
Feb 16, 2018 Connie Hope-Bly
Feb 16, 2018 Sylvia Kinser This needs to stop today !!!
Feb 16, 2018 DIANE HEIMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Edith Majzer
Feb 16, 2018 Doris Dahan Rmeily
Feb 16, 2018 Tanja Gistl
Feb 16, 2018 Connie Davis
Feb 16, 2018 Monika Jakubik
Feb 16, 2018 Ken Wenzer
Feb 15, 2018 patty hart
Feb 15, 2018 Yasmin Sexton
Feb 15, 2018 Terance Murphy
Feb 15, 2018 S Sheridan
Feb 15, 2018 ludmila vorobieff
Feb 15, 2018 Susan Shaddock
Feb 15, 2018 Martin Reifinger

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