March 14, 2017
We have some encouraging news to share! The Minnesota Gas Chamber Bill (Senate File 1357 and House File 2054), which would prohibit the use of gas chambers for euthanasia in animal shelters, has been introduced in the Minnesota legislature.
Minnesota’s homeless animals deserve a high standard of care in animal shelters. When euthanasia is necessary it should be performed as humanely as possible free of pain, stress, and fear. The use of gas chambers does not meet this standard.
Animal Humane Society and other prominent animal welfare organizations do not support the use of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other non-anesthetic gas chambers for euthanasia of animals in shelters. The Gas Chamber Bill will ensure that euthanasia is performed humanely, safely, and effectively for animals in all Minnesota shelters. There are currently 27 states with full or partial bans on gas chamber use in place. By supporting a ban on gas chambers in animal shelters, Minnesota can join these states in demonstrating its commitment to protecting both Minnesota’s companion animals and the people who care for them.
We will continue working hard on behalf of animals and will keep you updated as this bill progresses.
Thank you for your support to ensure a more humane world for animals.