Commend Organization for Shutting Down Animal Gas Chamber

Target: Humane Society of the United States

Goal: Commend the society for giving a grant to shut down an animal gas chamber

The Humane Society of the United States has recently given the city of Bennettsville, South Carolina a five thousand dollar grant to shut down their animal gas chamber at the city’s animal shelter.

Kimberly Kelly, South Carolina state director for The HSUS, said: “We’re proud to work with the City of Bennettsville to institute more humane treatment of animals in the community. Working toward the elimination of gas chambers in South Carolina is a significant move.”

The Humane Society of the United States’ grant money will go towards staff education and purchasing necessary supplies for euthanization by injection.

Gas chambers cannot provide a humane death for animals in a shelter setting. Even healthy adult dogs and cats will suffer stress just by being placed in a gas chamber, making their death inhumane. Additionally, gas chambers are not healthy for humans either, and they pose both physical and psychological harm to employees.

Bennettsville Chief of Police Larry McNeil said: “We appreciate The Humane Society of the United States’ assistance in helping our city become better equipped to perform euthanasia more humanely. We’re proud to implement improved standards of care for our animals, and hope we can prevent more euthanasia by funding spay/neuter surgeries with the help of the grant money.”

Gas chambers have been shown in studies to be more expensive in the long run than injections, making them a fiscally as well as humanely irresponsible choice for euthanization. Commend the Humane Society of the United States for helping this city make the switch from gas chamber to humane, injectable euthanization methods.


Dear Humane Society of the United States,

Thank you for giving Bennettsville, South Carolina a grant to make the switch from euthanization by gas chamber to injectable euthanasia methods. Giving this city shelter a grant of this size is a great step towards ridding the state of gas chambers as well as giving the employees education and contributing towards the rescue of animals.

I commend you for working towards the humane euthanization of animals. Please continue to work with shelters such as Bennetsville, South Carolina’s to help educate people on euthanization options.


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  1. How about commending no-kill shelters?

  2. If laws about breeding were strictly enforced, the number of animals euthanized would plummet. Breeding without a license is a crime, but the penalty is less than the price of one pure bred puppy. Backyard breeders who are caught simply pay the fine, sell numerous puppies with anyone with the cash, and laugh all the way to the bank. If the penalty was more than the price an entire litter would bring, breeders would stop breeding, because there would be no incentive. Fewer puppies bred equals fewer animals euthanized. It is a no brainer.

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