Texas Outlaws Gas Chambers for Dogs and Cats

Texas has taken a major step forward. As of May 10th Texas animal shelters may no longer use carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize dogs and cats. That was the day Governor Rick Perry signed the bill, SB 360, into law. In a time when legislators rarely agree quickly on any legislation SB 360 zoomed through both the Texas House and the Senate with no dissenting votes.

Gas chamber euthanasia had already been outlawed in 30 Texas counties but this means that no dogs or cats will have to face what experts agree is an extremely cruel method of euthanizing animals. Instead, the accepted means of euthanasia will be sodium pentobarbital injection (also called euthanasia by injection or EBI). Animal advocates say that EBI is the most humane form of euthanasia.

Animal care advocates have long decried gas chamber euthanasia as a terrible way for a dog or cat to meet his death. Animals are locked in a chamber with other loose animals. They can smell the death and fear, causing them to fight to avoid the chamber when taken in and panic horribly once they are locked in. The death is relatively long and painful. Animal shelter employees suffer potential physical harm from both panicked animals and leaking carbon monoxide gas. That does not even account for the emotional pain they experience as part of the process.

EBI injections are more expensive than the wholesale use of a gas chamber but it is much more humane and allows for a less painful, more peaceful death.


  1. Anonymous says on  05/20/2013 at 7:00 pm

    if only people are responsible enough to take care of their pets there would be no thing like this would ever exist…

  2. Pls remove the gas chambers out . I hate see it murder all the animals for many years that’s enough . I want save all the animals .

  3. Anonymous says on  05/20/2013 at 9:27 pm

    I watched a show on tv a few months ago where they actually showed a clip of using the gas chamber first on adult dogs and then puppies. It was horrible! I just cried my eyes out. Never ever want to see something like that again. Make the whole country no-kill PLEASE!!

  4. Susan says on  05/21/2013 at 5:17 am

    Just reading that makes me want to vomit! I’m so pleased this is now illegal but I have to wonder how any human being could have actually perpetrated such an act on any animal?

  5. lin says on  05/21/2013 at 11:19 am

    Glad they ebolished the horrible gas chamber, but still way too many dogs being euthanized.

  6. Anonymous says on  07/31/2013 at 10:58 pm

    I’m so happy to here this good for you Texas. let’s make this a no kill world I’m so tired of people treating cats and dogs like a piece of crap how can people be so cruel how would they like that done to them

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