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Eliminating gas chambers

Gas chambers have no place in our nation’s public or private animal shelters. They cannot provide a truly humane (pain- and stress-free) euthanasia for any animal; they are more expensive than the humane alternative, euthanasia by injection; they pose risk of injury and even death to shelter staff; and they have been condemned for routine shelter euthanasia by the AVMA, as well as by The HSUS, NACA and every other national animal welfare organization. See what The HSUS is doing to eliminate gas chambers from our nation’s shelters. Read the HSUS Statement on Gas Chambers and view the use of gas chambers by state.

  • Eliminating gas chambers

    Gas chambers cannot provide a truly humane (pain- and stress-free) euthanasia for any animal.

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  • HSUS statement on gas chambers

    When shelters find themselves in the position of having to euthanize an animal, it is incumbent upon them to ensure that the death is as humane as possible. The Humane Society of the United States, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the National Animal Control Association, and all other national animal welfare organizations agree that direct injection of approved euthanasia drugs (referred to as Euthanasia by Injection, or EBI), by which the animal quickly loses consciousness without experiencing pain or distress, is the most humane method of euthanasia currently available. Lesser alternatives like carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas chambers (gas chambers), which can virtually never provide a stress and pain free death, must therefore never be used in shelter settings.

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