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Cat’s Gas Chamber Horror Prompts Outcry

Written by PETA | January 10, 2012

A cat’s survival of two harrowing ordeals in a gas chamber has prompted concerned citizens to demand that the West Valley City, Utah, animal shelter scrap its cruel carbon-monoxide gas chamber and replace it with euthanasia by injection. After the second attempt to gas her, the cat was put into a plastic bag and placed in a cooler before being discovered still alive sometime later.

Although the cat, now named Andrea, has since been adopted, animals in West Valley City—and in other municipalities in which animal shelters continue to use gas chambers—still suffer nightmarish deaths. There is no excuse for using these antiquated contraptions, which can take as long as 25 terrifying minutes to end animals’ lives—assuming they work at all.

Gassing is especially cruel to animals who are very young, old, pregnant, or sick—qualities common to many, if not most, animals who arrive at animal shelters daily—because of their compromised health and/or physical state. Carbon-monoxide exposure is also dangerous to workers, placing them at risk for short- and long-term health problems or even death. When properly performed, euthanasia by injection is painless and quick. It’s less expensive, too—an important consideration at a time when so many animal shelters are struggling financially.

If your local animal shelter is still using cruel and archaic methods to put animals to death, please work with your elected officials to institute a policy requiring euthanasia by injection. To get more people involved, you can write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining why it’s time to ensure that when euthanasia is necessary, the community’s least-fortunate animals have their lives ended humanely, with peace and dignity.

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  • Jennifer Levee says:

    This is horrible. Really, people do this????? And yes, it does sound like the Holocaust. Sick!!

  • chris says:

    Please sign the petition to end this cruel practice nationwide. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/12/stop-gassing-shelter-animals/

  • Darcy says:

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY SICKENING!! HOW CAN ANY ONE LIVE WITH THEMSELVES AFTER PUTTING A POOR ANIMAL IN THAT BOX AND TORTURING IT??? WHO DOES THIS????????????

  • nicole says:

    this is soo wrong dont you know what these animals feel how would you feel if they did this to you

  • Cindy Barton says:

    ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!!!!! HOW CAN ANYONE SLEEP AT NIGHT THAT WOULD DO SUCH A THING!!! BARBARIC…HINT HINT IT’S 2012. EVOLVE UTAH. I HAVE TO STOP TYPING NOW BECAUSE I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I MIGHT TYPE.

  • lisa says:

    America needs to get to the times with other parts of the world, this is just a cheap way to kill the unwanted animals with little regard to how young, old or sick the animal is, not only is it inhumane and cruel sometimes it is uninfective didnt you learn your lesson when recently the case of the dog that was still alive in the gas chamber??? and obviously there is no vet present to confirm death in these procedures and seems the workers have no training quite disgusting as the cat was found alive in a bag!! truely quite shocking. If responsible owners spayed and neurated their animals there would not be hundreds of animals having to go through this. Fantastic that Andrea was discovered still alive but makes you think if any other animals were not discovered.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    How can any so-called ‘shelter’ actually advocate ending an animal’s life in such a barbaric and brutal way? How can these workers carry out such a horrific final act and still sleep soundly at night? They surely must be heartless and soul-less, especially when lethal injection is cheaper and obviously more humane. Haven’t these poor, wretched, miserable animals already suffered enough without ending their lives in such a grotesque manner? Shame on all shelters that still use this cruel method of murder.

  • Kerensa says:

    This makes me sick! Humans and animals are equal!

  • Christi says:

    Does this sound like the Holocaust to anybody?

  • Dcarmarie says:

    OMG how sick cant do this to animals shes still alive too injection is better if it has to be done.

  • Christine says:

    knowing that people still do such acts just makes me sad and lose faith in people.

  • Marin says:

    I couldn’t even believe this article as I was reading it. How can a shelter even think about using such a barbaric form of euthanasia?

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