Louisiana Senate unanimous in opposition to gas chambers

In the 35-0 vote Monday, the Louisiana State Senate voted to ban the use of gas chambers in animal shelters. The bill now moves on to the House for approval – hopefully. The lopsided victory for animals is a very positive sign and a great step forward.

As reported by nola.com, the proposed legislation would also prohibit the use of “intracardiac injection” – if the animal is not either unconscious or sedated.

I don’t want to knock the legislation as a whole, because as I stated, it is a step forward for animal welfare. But heart sticks should be banned with the gas chambers. And I wish the effective date for the new rules came long the before the proposed date of January 1, 20113. Potentially, a lot of homeless pets could suffer in chambers over the next two-and-a-half years.

One of the primary problems I have with gas chambers is the infliction of both mental and physical suffering. We know animals do experience mental suffering. If shelters are going to preform euthanisia procedures, which we all feel are tragic to begin with, then the procedures should be performed in the most humane way possible.

By far, THE most humane way is through sedation and the administering of the lethal drug through an injection into a vein. There is a clear reason why veterinarians use this method to end suffering for a family pet.

No vet I’ve ever heard of would offer a family the option of using a gas chamber or heart stick.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Debra Dephillips on April 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I am so glad to hear that Louisianna has voted to end the gas chambers and other inhumane methods of euthanisia. This is a step in the right direction.


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