STOP GASSING ANIMALS IN NORTH CAROLINA

CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING THROWN INTO A HUGE METAL BOX WITH A HALF DOZEN OF OTHER FOLKS, JUST THROWN IN ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER AND HAVING THE LID CLOSED.  IN TOTAL DARKNESS YOU'RE SCARED AND YOU CAN HEAR THE WHIMPERING AND CRYING OUT OF THE OTHERS IN THE BOX.  "WHAT IS GOING ON ?, WHY ARE WE IN HERE?".  THEN  YOU ALL START TO COUGH AND CHOKE, THERE IS NO AIR TO BREATHE, YOUR LUNGS FEEL LIKE THEY WILL BURST ANY SECOND.  YOUR EYES AND NOSE ARE RUNNING AND YOU LOSE CONTROL OF ALL BODILY FUNCTIONS.  THE STENCH IS UNBEARABLE AND THE SCREAMS AND CRIES ARE EAR SHATTERING.  THEN IT STARTS TO GET QUIET, ONE BY ONE THE OTHERS STOP THEIR WIMPERING AND THOUGH DISORIENTED AND UNABLE TO MOVE YOU TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON.....AND THEN THERE IS LIGHT, THE LID COMES UP AND HOPE RISES THAT WHATEVER HAPPENED IS ALL OVER AND IT'S TIME TO GET OUT OF HERE.  BEFORE YOU CAN GET ORIENTED AND FIGURE OUT WHAT TOOK PLACE, ANOTHER SIX SQUIRMING AND WHIMPERING LIVE BODIES ARE TOSSED INTO THE BOX ON TOP OF YOU, THE LID CLOSES AGAIN AND THE HORROR CONTINUES.  YOU'RE BARELY CONSCIOUS AND LOSE TRACK OF HOW MANY TIMES THIS PROCEDURE WAS PERFORMED BEFORE YOU FIND YOURSELF OUT IN THE LIGHT BEING STUFFED IN A HUGE PLASTIC BAG AND DISPOSED OF AT THE DUMP.  YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE NOISE, PLEADING THAT SOMEONE WILL REALIZE THAT YOU ARE STILL ALIVE BUT YOU CAN'T.
YOU'RE TOO WEAK AND SUFFER NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE FROM THE GAS.
EVENTUALLY YOU DIE, SUFFERING TERRIBLY AMIDST A PILE OF DEAD BODIES.....AND YOUR LAST THOUGHT IS WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THIS ?
THE ANSWER IS NOTHING..........YOU DID NOTHING WRONG.  YOU'RE PAYING FOR THE SELFISHNESS AND IRRESPONIBILITY OR HUMANS.
EVERY YEAR COUNTLESS INNOCENT ANIMALS ARE PUT DOWN IN THIS CRUEL MANNER AND THEY SUFFER UNBELIEVABLE TORTURE.....THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE LAWS.
AS AN ARMY VETERAN I HAVE BEEN THROUGH A GAS CHAMBER ON A DOZEN DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.  AS REGULAR TRAINING WE WERE REQUIRED TO STAY IN THE CHAMBER LONG ENOUGH TO SAY OUR NAME, RANK AND SERIAL NUMBER.........A TOTAL OF ABOUT 5 SECONDS.  WE CAME OUT OF THAT CHAMBER VOMITTING, EVERY ORIFICE SPEWING FLUIDS.  OUR SKIN, EVERY PORE IN OUR BODY BURNED.  EVERY ONE OF US GAGGED AND CHOKED AND THOUGHT WE WOULD DIE......THE EFFECTS OF THIS LASTED FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE FOREVER, AND WE THOUGHT THE SUFFERING WOULD NEVER STOP.  THIS WAS 5 SECONDS AND WAS UNBEARABLE....THE GAS CHAMBER WAS MY BIGGEST FEAR WHILE SERVING MY COUNTRY.
THE ANIMALS DON'T ALWAYS DIE FROM THE GAS, I KNOW PERSONALLY OF SEVERAL CASES WHERE PEOPLE HAVE FOUND LIVE DOGS IN THE BAGS AT THE DUMP.  THESE DOGS ARE ALWAYS PERMANENTLY DISABLED FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE GAS.  ALL ANIMALS DESERVE MORE THAN THIS AND WE AS CARETAKERS OWE THEM MORE.  PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP CHANGE THE EUTHANASIA LAWS IN GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.
Statistics: Gaston County, North Carolina gasses to death more animals than any other county in North Carolina. Last year, nearly 7,300 animals were gassed to death in groups at Gaston County Animal Control.   
We the undersigned are sickened by the cruel methods of euthanasia of animals.  Until the time comes that there are no unwanted pets in this country, the ONLY humane form of euthanasia for animals is lethal injection performed by a qualified veterinarian.  Gassing animals is an unacceptable, cruel and inhumane practice and needs to be outlawed immediately.
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