Thank Texas for Banning Gas Chamber Euthansia for Shelter Animals

  • by: Animal Advocates
  • target: Representative Eddie Lucio III, Senator Kirk Watson

The Texas Senate unanimously approved a bill that outlaws the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals. The Governor signed into law on May 10, 2013, and  SB 360 takes effect immediately. The bill was introduced by Representative Eddie Lucio III and Senator Kirk Watson.

Prior to the 2003 Texas Euthanasia Act of using gas chambers, shelter employees were allowed to strangle, club, drown, or shoot unwanted pets.

We frequently hear stories from people who work at animal shelters reporting that after being placed in a gas chamber for euthanisia, animals come out still alive. There have been numerous reports of animals being buried, or thrown into an incinerator for cremation. This violates every animal cruelty law because there is nothing humane about burying an animal that is alive, or putting them live into a crematorium.

Additionally, carbon monoxide poses a danger to humans because it is colorless, tasteless, odorless, and highly explosive. A gas chamber must be constantly checked and maintained to ensure no cracks in the structure or failing seals. Even the American Veterinary Medical Association has stated in 2007: "Carbon Monoxide is extremely hazardous for personnel because it is highly toxic and difficult to detect."

Thank Representative Eddie Lucio III and Senator Kirk Watson for introducing this law to Texas.

Representative Eddie Lucio III
Room E2.808, Capitol Extension
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Phone (512) 463-0606
Fax (512) 463-0660
Contact http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=38&session=83

Senator Kirk Watson
PO Box 12068
Austin, TX, 78711
Phone: 512-463-0114
Fax: 512-463-5949
Email: kirk.watson@senate.state.tx.us

The Texas Senate unanimously approved a bill that outlaws the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals. The Governor signed into law on May 10, 2013, and  SB 360 takes effect immediately. The bill was introduced by Representative Eddie Lucio III and Senator Kirk Watson.


Prior to the 2003 Texas Euthanasia Act of using gas chambers, shelter employees were allowed to strangle, club, drown, or shoot unwanted pets.


We frequently hear stories from people who work at animal shelters reporting that after being placed in a gas chamber for euthanisia, animals come out still alive. There have been numerous reports of animals being buried, or thrown into an incinerator for cremation. This violates every animal cruelty law because there is nothing humane about burying an animal that is alive, or putting them live into a crematorium.


Additionally, carbon monoxide poses a danger to humans because it is colorless, tasteless, odorless, and highly explosive. A gas chamber must be constantly checked and maintained to ensure no cracks in the structure or failing seals. Even the American Veterinary Medical Association has stated in 2007: "Carbon Monoxide is extremely hazardous for personnel because it is highly toxic and difficult to detect."


Thank Representative Eddie Lucio III and Senator Kirk Watson for introducing this law to Texas.


Representative Eddie Lucio III
Room E2.808, Capitol Extension
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Phone (512) 463-0606
Fax (512) 463-0660
Contact http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=38&session=83


Senator Kirk Watson
PO Box 12068
Austin, TX, 78711
Phone: 512-463-0114
Fax: 512-463-5949
Email: kirk.watson@senate.state.tx.us

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