Does Your State Still Send Pets To Gas Chambers?
By Wayne Pacelle
Published On 09/01/2015
It was a standout week in our campaign to ensure that no pet ever faces death in a carbon monoxide gas chamber. Last week, West Virginia closed its last remaining chamber, thanks to a grant from The HSUS and the persistence of our West Virginia state director, Heather Severt. Two shelters in the state had continued to operate their chambers under a grandfather provision in the 2009 state law that banned new gas chambers, but we always knew they’d see a better way forward, and that’s exactly what’s happened.
We also secured commitments last week ensuring that Michigan will be gas chamber free by the end of 2015. Michigan senior state director Jill Fritz has worked diligently to obtain the closure of the four remaining chambers in the state, and she had an enormous assist from HSUS Michigan State Council member Virginia Holden, who was determined to see the gas chamber in her own Berrien County shuttered or destroyed. They were at the front end of a cascade of actions in the state related to gas chambers: Van Buren County Animal Control announced early last week that it would remove and scrap its chamber, the Berrien County Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to close its shelter’s chamber, and Cass County Animal Control announced on Friday that its chamber will be shut by the end of this year. (Branch County’s gas chamber was damaged in a fire earlier this year and advocates are working diligently to ensure it will not be reopened when the shelter is rebuilt).
I know Jill Fritz, Virginia Holden, so many other Michigan animal advocates, shelters, rescues, and veterinarians will continue to champion Grant’s Bill – a bill that would impose a permanent statewide ban on the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers in Michigan. Getting the state legislature to act will end this controversy once and for all.
The last remaining gas chambers in North Carolina were closed early this year, thanks to a policy directive issued by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Kansas legislature has ordered regulations prohibiting gas chamber use to be passed by year’s end, and we are thrilled to announce that Humboldt Animal Control in Kansas has agreed to accept an HSUS grant to close its chamber even prior to the enactment of those regulations. The Clinton Animal Shelter in Oklahoma closed its chamber with the help of an HSUS grant earlier this summer.
We are now anticipating that two of the three chambers in operation in Wyoming will be closing soon, thanks in part to training and support being provided by the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. And the city council of Sandy City, Utah, thanks to the hard work of HSUS Utah state director Sundays Hunt and our friends at the Humane Society of Utah, may vote on September 1 to close its gas chamber. We are hopeful that Sandy City will show the way, and make its gas chamber the first of eight remaining chambers to function no more.
Since we began our campaign to end the use of gas chambers on dogs and cats in shelters across the United States back in 2013 – under the guidance of HSUS’s Inga Fricke – more than 65 chambers have closed (two-thirds of the gas chambers in existence at the time). By year’s end, at least 44 states will be chamber-free (up from 34 in early 2013). Just as we outlawed cockfighting in every state and made malicious animal cruelty a felony everywhere in the United States, so too it is our goal to shutter every last gas chamber for the euthanasia of dogs and cats.
To learn whether gas chambers are banned in your state, and to join us in the effort to close them nationwide, visit http://www.humanesociety.org/gaschambers.
Now that the 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals has been issued, the debate over the use of gas chambers for euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats in animal shelters i…
This poor momma pup was in labor when they plunged pentobarbital into her veins to kill her. While she lay dying she was cleaning up her newborn pups. She was in Amarillo TX.
Yulin Dog Meat Festival
Dog Meat 365
Newly released footage by LCA gives an inside look into China’s dog meat trade, revealing the atrocities inflicted upon its canine victims and documenting the amazing work being accomplished by on-the-ground investigation and rescue teams who have saved the lives of thousands of dogs. Witness the rescue of hundreds of dogs from a truck headed to the slaughterhouse and meet the amazing activists who are changing the lives of China’s dogs forever.
Part 1. Inside China’s Dog Meat Trade
LCA’s undercover investigative footage gives a shocking look at the brutality occurring 365 days a year in China’s horrific dog meat trade. Millions of dogs face unimaginable torture in an industry that routinely beats, skins, and boils animals alive.
Warning: Graphic Footage
Part 2. Rescuing Dogs Headed To Slaughter
Brave on-the-ground activists are stopping dog meat trucks and rescuing dogs from slaughter in China. Dogs are brought to safety to receive medical treatment before being adopted out.
Part 3. Meet The Activists Fighting China’s Dog Meat Trade
LCA’s Chris DeRose visits China and meets with local activists who are fighting the dog meat trade. Meet the rescuers who are working tirelessly to making a difference for dogs in China.
How You Can Help End the Dog Meat Trade
China’s dog meat trade is a horrific and unregulated industry that brutally tortures animals 365 days a year. An estimated 10 million dogs are slaughtered annually in China for meat. Dogs are tied up and trucked long distances in cramped wire cages and then beaten, burned or boiled alive. Many of these helpless animals have been heartlessly stolen from loving homes.
The U.S. government is starting to pressure China to end the slaughter and consumption of dog meat. In May 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a resolution into the U.S. House of Representatives condemning China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling on the Chinese government to end the dog meat trade. Legislation to end the dog and cat meat trade has also been proposed in China, and almost 9 million Chinese citizens have voiced their opinion online in support of the legislation. Despite these steps in the right direction, dogs in China still face agonizing deaths in the dog meat trade. Your support is urgently needed.
Sign the petition here urging Cui Tiankai, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, to call for a ban on dog and cat meat.
Write and mail a letter to the Chinese Ambassador (address below) expressing your concerns about dog meat. Use the wording in the petition link above for sample text.
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Chinese Embassy Chancery
3505 International Pl N.W
Washington, D.C. 20008
Find your representative here, and urge them to support the following bills that are making their way through U.S. Congress:
H.Res.30 – Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade
H.Res.1406 – Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017
H.Res.401 – Urging China, South Korea and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade (passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on November 15, 2017)
The New York state attorney general’s office is suing a pet store chain, saying it sold dozens or hundreds of puppies without required veterinary exams and failed to reimburse medical expenses to buyers of sick puppies.
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The Suicide Dogs of Overtoun Bridge
There’s a bridge in Scotland where dogs are said to deliberately commit suicide.
Filed under Urban Legends
July 24, 2012
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By Brian Dunning, Skeptoid Podcast
Episode 320, July 24, 2012
In the rolling green foothills outside of West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, stands the impressive Victorian stone mansion known as Overtoun House. It was originally built in the 1860s as the private retreat of industrialist and philanthropist James White, the first Lord Overtoun, from locally quarried granite. It has the ornate look and size of a classic Scottish castle, and leading up to it is a bridge that is no less imposing. The heavy granite structure spans the shallow, rocky creek called Overtoun Burn, 15 meters below the roadway. Something about the bridge has an unusual affect on dogs. The story goes that over the…
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