Bill Seeks Ban on Euthanasia Gas Chambers

Davie’s Law in North Carolina would mandate euthanasia by injection in shelters.

Posted: February 21, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

shelter puppy who survived a gas chamber and was later discovered alive in a Davie County dumpster inspired a bill that would put a stop to the use of gas chambers to euthanize dogs and cats in North Carolina shelters.

Davie’s Law, or the Humane Euthanasia in Shelters Act, calls for euthanasia by injection or an oral ingestion of sodium pentobarbital, or the equivalent of sodium pentobarbital as approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or the American Veterinary Medical Association. The bill was introduced by state Rep. Cary Allred and Sen. David Hoyle.

The bill’s endorsers include the North Carolina Coalition for Humane Euthanasia and American Humane Association. American Humane commissioned a study on the costs associated with euthanasia by injection and by gas. According to data from a North Carolina animal sheltering organization, the number of dogs and cats euthanized in 2007 was 5,427.

The study found that the cost to use carbon monoxide poisoning is $4.98 per animal or $4.66 per animal when no tranquilizer is used. The cost to use euthanasia by injection is $2.29 per animal.

Thirty-two shelters in North Carolina use gas as a means of euthanizing impounded animals. If passed, the bill would become effective Jan. 1, 2011.


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Arelys   Greensboro, NC

4/13/2010 3:24:55 PM

Two days ago my beloved pet was put to sleep by our private vet. To my amazement, he used gas prior to inserting the big needle in. My "girl" kicked a bit while taking in the gas. I screamed that she was suffering and the vet said she could not feel anything. I can't sleep, the brutal image keeps playing in my head. I don't think they should use gas. No gas!

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wendy   levittown, NY

3/13/2010 2:40:22 PM

I pray that this law passes. Even if not cost effective the use of gas chambers or heart sticking methods for euthanasia is totally brutal and you do realize that most shelters are not properly sedating these animals-in order to sedate them properly you need to give them and injection anyhow so why not just do one iv of a humane nature. It is amazing that this puppy survived and I wonder how many more there were?

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Lynlee   Belleville, IL

2/6/2010 5:29:35 PM

How is it possible that humans get to have a more humane death when they have done wrong in society??? Murders get to die by injection....they should be the ones suffering for killing an innocent life. THESE ANIMALS HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG to deserve this inhumane treatment! Its absolutly sick and something must be done to stop it. Where can we start in our own state to end this immediatly?? What can be done? Please email me with

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Isobella   Nashville, TN

9/16/2009 4:37:19 PM

Gasing animals to death is an abusive and horrific act.It should be ended immediately and never to be be considered an acceptable option. Hitler used to gas Jews in concentration camps-how is this different? The animals are frightened, frantic, and often attack each other and tear the nails off their paws trying to escape and leave broad slashes of blood and torn nails on the floor.It can take half an hour for them to die. I ask, would we do this to homeless people,unwanted kids in foster care or old people who have no family or money? No. So why are we doing this to animals ? Why are they less important?

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