Applaud Ban on Inhumane Gas Chambers

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Target: Patricia Norris, Agricultural Department Animal Welfare Director

Goal: Applaud the ban against gas chambers in North Carolina animal shelters

Gas chambers were the preferred method of euthanizing animals before lethal injection became common. This inhumane and barbaric practice involves killing animals by locking them in a box filled with carbon monoxide, a toxic gas. Although there are only four animal shelters left in North Carolina that continue to use gas chambers, this ban will ultimately end the use of the gas chamber, except for rare and extreme cases such as disease outbreaks.

Some of the animal shelters argue that the switch to lethal injection will be too expensive However, the switch to lethal injection is more humane and allows animals to die with dignity while being comforted by shelter staff, instead of dying scared and alone in a dark box. This switch makes a small difference to the human staff but a big difference to the animals.

This change to a more humane method of euthanizing animals moves animal shelters in a more positive direction. By February, all animal shelters will have to make the complete change to lethal injection and close their gas chambers. This will help ensure a more humane future for animal shelters all over North Carolina. Sign this petition and say good riddance to gas chambers.


Dear Director Norris,

I have recently learned that the use of gas chambers in animal shelters has been banned in the state of North Carolina. I am relieved that such a barbaric practice has finally seen its last days. The use of gas chambers to euthanize animals is, without a doubt, less humane than lethal injection.

At least with lethal injection, animals can die with dignity while being comforted by shelter staff members. However, in gas chambers, the animals die scared and alone inside a dark box filled with carbon monoxide. I believe that this change in euthanasia methods puts North Carolina’s animal shelters in a more positive direction by promoting more humane methods.

I would like to thank you for all your hard work and efforts in making this ban a reality. There is a great difference between gas chambers and lethal injection and I am grateful that you helped ensure a more humane future for animal shelters all over North Carolina.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Michelle Rose says:

    Stop inhumane killings of these animals.

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