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.