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Animal rights advocates call for end of carbon monoxide in euthanizing animals


Animal rights advocates from across Kansas converged Monday on the Statehouse in support of legislation to protect pets, including the elimination of carbon monoxide chambers used to euthanize animals.

"Legislators are recognizing that animal welfare is a high priority issue that enjoys bipartisan support from Kansas voters," said Midge Grinstead, Kansas director of the Humane Society of the United States. Grinstead is the former director of the local humane society.

Humane Lobby Day participants were meeting with state legislators, urging passage of Senate Bill 57, called the Kansas Pet Animal Act.

The bill would establish annual inspections of licensed pet breeding facilities, shelters, research facilities and other licensees, and end the use of carbon monoxide chambers that are currently used to euthanize animals in certain shelters. The Humane Society says that a direct lethal injection is the most humane method of euthanasia available. Nineteen states have banned carbon monoxide chambers.

Kansas ranks 33rd in The Humane Society of the United States' 2012 rankings of animal protection laws.


Mercy 5 years, 1 month ago

"The Humane Society says that a direct lethal injection is the most humane method of euthanasia available." It's a tragedy that our society that strives to enact laws to humanely euthanize animals does not recognize the inhumanity of enacting laws that authorize using a vacuum cleaner and other chemical solution injections on women to kill their living human babies by ripping them to pieces limb from limb, babies that are able to feel pain and whom are unique individual persons! Lord have Mercy on us!

Mark Currie 5 years, 1 month ago

Mercy, at the risk of offending the "enlightened", I agree with you.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 1 month ago

10,000 animals are put to death in shelters every day. Every day.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 1 month ago

Pretty amazing that some pretend to put animals before humans. Sad, really

Glenn Reed 5 years, 1 month ago

Given the potential methods of euthanasia, I'm not sure I'd describe CO poisoning as an 'inhumane' method. One might want to know the difference in cost between Carbon monoxide and the 'direct lethal injection' the Humane Society espouses.

The simple fact is that it's going to happen. Unless 100% of the animals get new owners, some of them will be killed.

I'm unsure on how the first three comments somehow connected methods of killing unwanted pets with willful ending of human pregnancy, though. Are they concerned about pregnant dogs carrying the fetuses to term?

It's comical, and sickening, all at once.

It would suggest that any topic, and I mean ANY topic, could be a direct segway to complaining about abortion.

So, I offer the following challenge: How does regulations on soda pop connect to abortion? How does copyright law connect to abortion? How can a story about running out of gas on the highway connect to abortion?

Daniel28 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't believe anything about abortion relates to this and certainly takes away from the importance of what the topic is really about. It is more cost effective to euthanize via injection. As far as the gas chamber, it takes an animal 30-45 minutes to die WHILE being in the chamber with many other unwanted pets, including puppies, all clambering for their lives. Some places will put cats and dogs in the same chamber. After the first batch is dead more live animals are put in with the dead. Perhaps when we can show compassion for animals it will carry over to our fellow man.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree, no carbon monoxide killing chambers I think every shelter should be a no kill shelter. Why should these beautiful animals be killed because some shelter does not have enough room for them? The shelter in Topeka is infamous for killing scores of animals. I am a member of SOSA, and I love animals. We have two cats, and a wonderful dog. All but one cat came from shelters. The other cat lived in a barn across the road, she chose to live with us. There is no excuse for killing companion animals !! We donate to a shelter near Topeka, which is where we got our black lab. People should donate what they can to local shelters, and give them what time they can spare. If everyone did this, the killing would stop. As for animal abusers, any crime against a companion animal should be a felony with mandatory jail time, no probation !!

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