Thursday, April 02, 2009


The New York State Assembly and Senate are about to start dialog on the subject of pet euthanasia. Not whether it should happen, but what methods are permitted.

As April begins, there are Six states bringing this to their committees for review. Why the sudden push? Well the Director of Shelter Services at HSUS, Kim Intino, and groups of similar capacity, have pushed this issue on all fronts. Claiming the practice is inhumane.

Carbon Monoxide causes some animals to freak out as the brain beg
ins the oxigen deprivation process. The gasping for breath is anything but peaceful and if placed with other animals, they tend to attack each other.

There are some members in both houses that have expressed reservations on limiting the options for veterinarians. Some animals are wildly uncontrollable and could cause harm to staff while attempting the procedure. I understand this and would offer language that would keep the Gas option as a last resort. There is nothing kind, gentle and stress free about it so it should be made rare.

However, I would eliminate the installation of any new chambers in facilities throughout the state. As they become unrepairable, they would become obsolet
e and removed.

HSUS expresses the preference of a barbituate injection into the vein of the animal intended to euthanasia. They also expect the animal to be slightly sedated prior to the shot.

The bill on both floors reads:
Provides for humane destruction or disposition of certain animals; euthanasia
of animals shall be accomplished by an injection of sodium pentobarbital
administered by a technician while the animal is heavily sedated or in the case
of an emergency, a gunshot is permissible in the case where an animal that is
posing an imminent threat of serious physical injury; provides that chambers
used to induce hypoxia by means of lethal gas shall be dismantled, rendered
inoperable and beyond repair, and removed from the premises.
Twelve states have already banned the CO practice and it's expected that NY will follow suit. With a fresh way of thinking on the quality of life for our pets and the stronger desire to procecute those who harm them, this new Senate make this law.

But our own State Senator, Bill Larkin has offered no indication on this vote in any publications I've saught. I've scowered the state sites for hours. Larry Delarose, his presumed opponent in 2010, states "If the Humane Society is this adement on the issue and have had such a success with other states, there must be something to their research on the suffering of euthanised animals. I'd be one to accept their push to ban the gas practice,"

If there was ever a reason to send a memorializing resolution to the Assembly and Senate, it would be this reason. Last fall, I had one of my dogs euthanized after a long battle of illness. The process using a sedative and the barbituate was the only choice I could fathom for a furry family member. I say faze those chambers out of existance New York!

The bill on the Assembly side is A00999


Anonymous said...

Almost all the facilities I've dealt with had their chambers removed a long time ago, if they had em at all. But there are still plenty out there. Shelters were the heavy users until the push for no-kill policies swept the landscape. Thanks for the news.

Anonymous said...

This is not an issue that I have given much thought. Your position sounds reasonable to me.

Anonymous said...

Mike- not a topic ordinarily discussed on blogs- but one that should be investigated and achieved. The very words "gas chambers" makes one shudder. So maybe this might be your new slogan- lots of support from pet owners et al.
take care,
Shelly Z

hey another great topic for Kingston Area Public Access TV- just "days" well maybe "months" from returning the air waves of this great historical city.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever had a child who had to be knocked out for an operation? I had, and let me tell you, it looks nothing like peaceful. They wryth, they fight, they look frightened, so much so I started to cry at the sight. Sound familiar? Perhaps, just maybe, the reaction displayed by the animals stems from the same reaction as a child receiving knockout gas (anxiety, heart racing, etc).

This makes for good "feel good" legislation. But it is a waste of valuable time.

Anonymous said...

Mike...thanks for the awareness on this....

Anonymous said...

Poster 4:49...I believe you are off the mark...both of my children have had surgery and did not react as you claim. Besides, the reaction from the animal occurs when their brains are being denied oxygen. "feel good legislation?" I think not. It is necessary.