Saturday, May 01, 2010

Ban Gas Chamber Petition

I asked to do today's post because Jan adopted me from the local shelter. I was shy and depressed and would likely have been overlooked by potential adopters, and I would then have died by lethal injection. My name is Merci. I am one of the fortunate ones, but millions of animals every year die in shelters across the nation.

Yesterday we had a temporary post at the top of JFF for those in the area of Garland, Texas to join together for one day, April 30, to telephone Garland officials to stop the use of gas chambers at their shelter.

Gas chambers are a barbaric method of killing that tortures the animals and should have been banned decades ago. Actually, it should never have been used.  On the other hand, those that don't use a gas chamber and enjoy torturing animals delight in an excruciating practice called heart-sticking instead of properly administering an injection. We realize that there are those who shed tears over the animals they try to euthanize humanely, but there are also those with perverted minds that actually enjoy the suffering of the dying.

But this post is about the gas chamber. We don't have any confidence in online petitions doing any good, but after some consideration, we decided to do a post asking if you will sign this one:

Ban Gas Chambers In All States Of USA
Target: Barack Obama's Animal Welfare Team
Sponsored by: Mike Moore & Ginger Geronimo

The details of euthanasia are hard to read but understanding the process is the first step to improving it nationwide. As you can imagine, gassed animals claw, cough, choke and struggle until they become unconscious.

Luckily, Florida is one of the twelve states that have banned the antiquated chambers into which homeless animals are herded and asphyxiated with lethal gas. Six more states are currently considering legislation pending to ban the chambers. Sadly, that still leaves 32 states using hundreds of the chambers

The petition site is here. We hope you will take a minute to sign it.

Gas chambers are banned in Georgia, with exceptions, which means a lot of shelters still using them. They should be banned altogether!

In case any reader is not familiar with this type of killing at our shelters and is hesitating to sign the petition, we post this video.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

We know our readers love animals and would like to see a day when healthy adoptable animals are not "mass killed."

Despite the sad nature of this post, I hope you have a purring and tail wagging day.


  1. Hi Merci, it makes us sick to think purrfecly healthy animals are killed just cause no body wants them.

    And to think some are MURDERED in such cruel ways. We will go sign the petition. ~AFSS

  2. We will sign it too. Can't hurt and it may get the attention of someone who can make a difference.

  3. This has to be stopped! Thanks for sharing this....

  4. Many of Mom's passengers faced THIS had someone not stepped in to help...

    It breaks her heart when she sees the love they have...and to know how they khould have had to go...


  5. Mewci

    I went to sign

    I'm pwetty sad today

    smoochie kisses,ASTA

  6. I signed the petition! :( Very sad to read about it.

  7. I couldn't agree more, and I'm headed to sign it right now. Thanks for telling me about it.

  8. Hi Merci

    First me and Charlie think that you are a beautiful doggie with a sweet face!


    Second we are off to sign this petition now!

    Take care

  9. we watched and signed. I am not sure these online petitions help but it's a small thing we can do...just in case.

  10. Hello,
    What a great post today! I'm glad you are spreading the word about gassing animals because it needs to be talked about even though it's not a pleasant topic. I signed the petition a few minutes ago!
    Althought I am not too impressed with the agency that led me to adopt Daisy, our coonhound, did a commendable job in educating the public about gassing. If you can handle watching the gassing video on their home page or if you want to spread the word about gassing even further watch that video! How cruel and heartless! If people asked themselves if they truly wanted a dog and seriously committed to making their dog a PERMANENT FAMILY MEMBER then the gassing and other acts of cruelty would end. There needs to be a required class that every potential adoptee should go thru before adopting...I wonder if that would help?
    If you haven't already, check out my latest blog entry b/c I am hosting another contest! Come by for details!
    April & Daisy

  11. We signed. We can't watch the video though. We have seen how it works, or mostly doesn't. Especially with very young or very old animals, where their death is that much slower because of physiology.

    We know that one online petition to ban declawing worked when it was presented as part of evidence by The Paw Project when getting bans in Californian cities. There's no reason why this one shouldn't help the cause.

    We heard that Georgia has a ban on gas chambers that comes into force in December 2010 - better late than never.

    Whicky Wuudler et al

  12. Woooos Merci, both Scampi and I were stuck in jail until we found Mom. Poor Scampi was in for a very long time, and it has scarred him quite a bit...
    We hope that someday all humans will treat us humanely in living and in death.

    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWoootiful

  13. This is a situation that make us feel very sad.
    We had signed.
    Kisses and hugs

  14. Oh God. How awful. I will go sign the position now. I and fighting to keep Mona alive and them to see homeless dogs killed this way is to much to bear.

    Sarah's Mona's Mom.


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