Over 100,000 homeless pets are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Despite the overwhelming stance that euthanasia by carbon monoxide is cruel and inhumane, unsafe for workers and costly, it is still used to end their lives in approximately thirty shelters in the state.
Recently, Representative Eddie Lucio III filed H.B. 858 and Senator Kirk Watson filed S.B. 360. These companion bills, if passed, will end euthanasia by carbon monoxide gas for dogs and cats in Texas shelters that still use this outdated, inhumane and unsafe method.
The Texas Humane Legislation Network is urging pet lovers to contact their legislators and educate them on the need for passage of H.B. 858 / S.B. 360, and you can use the following talking points on why carbon monoxide euthanasia should be eliminated and replaced with Euthanasia By Injection (EBI):
• EBI is more humane than gas: EBI takes effect much faster, acts more reliably and causes less pain and trauma than gas.
• EBI is safer for workers: carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless, odorless and highly explosive and poses a threat to the health and safety of shelter workers.
• EBI is cost neutral: The per-animal EBI cost is the same or slightly less than the cost of gas.
• EBI is professionally recommended: All leading veterinary medical associations, animal control associations and humane organizations in the United States recommend EBI, including but not limited to the Texas Animal Control Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
Help your two legislators understand the importance of prohibiting shelter gas chambers and supporting EBI by using these talking points and asking them to support H.B. 858/ S.B. 360 when these bills come up for a vote.
Find out which Texas shelters still use gas chambers HERE.