American Humane Association believes that euthanizing shelter animals by carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide is inhumane to the animal and harmful to humans. American Humane Association considers euthanasia by injection (EBI) to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for all shelter animals.
Most shelter workers wish to hold and comfort an animal in its final moments of life. In contrast, even with vigilant oversight, euthanizing dogs and cats by means of a carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas chamber is inhumane and is demoralizing to the shelter workers. Such outdated and cruel practices also create public outcry and demean the very purpose of an animal shelter. Download American Humane Association’s fact sheet comparing the gas chamber to EBI.
A Michigan gas chamber.
It is a national tragedy that 3 to 4 million shelter animals must be euthanized every year. Until a solution is reached, the final moments for these animals must be humane.
There are a number of states still allow the gassing of animals. Therefore, starting in 2009, American Humane Association launched an initiative to ban gas chambers in animal shelters and will continue in this work until the gassing ends.
To help our efforts, American Humane Association commissioned a study comparing the cost of EBI and gas chambers that proves EBI is less costly to communities. Using data from an animal sheltering organization, the study showed that the cost to use carbon monoxide poisoning is $4.98 per animal. The cost to use EBI, however, is only $2.29 per animal. Download a copy of the 2009 EBI cost study.
If you live in a state that still allows gas chamber euthanasia, you can do the following: