Ban the Use of Gas Chambers
to Euthanize Animals in Ohio

Please Help End Animal Suffering

Background

Ohio is among the last states in the country that continue to employ gas chambers in humane shelters. Gas chambers cannot be humanely used for the majority of shelter pets who require euthanasia. Old, sick, and injured animals have circulatory problems that delay the effects of carbon monoxide, causing them to experience significant distress prior to losing consciousness. Likewise, young animals have physiological make-ups that render a humane death impossible. When animals are pregnant, the mother typically dies well before the unborn puppies or kittens, causing them to suffocate to death. The 45 or more minutes it can take to end that animal’s life are agonizing.  It is time for Ohio to join the majority of states and ban the use of gas chambers to euthanize animals in our state.

What You Can Do

The Ohio House and Senate are scheduled to re-start committee hearings and floor sessions in May.  Please call your State Representative and Senator and send a email, letter or postcard to their offices urging them to pass Ohio Senate Bill 167 out of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and out of the full Senate and Ohio House Bill 551 out of the Local Government Committee and out of the full House.  Share this Action Alert on your social media to raise awareness, educate, and encourage others to take action.  

Take Action

Dear Senator _______,

As your constituent, I urge you to support S.B. 167, which would prohibit putting down companion animals by the use of a gas chamber. 

Ohio is one of the few remaining states that does not ban the use of the gas chamber in humane shelters, nor require transition to euthanasia by injection (EBI), which is accepted by all national veterinary and humane organizations as the most humane method currently available for euthanasia.  When performed properly by trained personnel, EBI is painless to the animal and takes effect within seconds. 

The gas chamber cannot be humanely used for the majority of shelter pets who require euthanasia.  Old, sick, and injured animals have circulatory problems that delay the effects of carbon monoxide, causing them to experience significant distress prior to losing consciousness.  Likewise, young animals have physiological make-ups that render a humane death impossible.  When animals are pregnant, the mother typically dies well before the unborn puppies, causing them to suffocate to death.  The 45 or more minutes it can take to end that animal’s life is agonizing. 

In summary, I ask you to support S.B. 167 and bring Ohio in line with the majority of states that have chosen to ban gas chambers and promote the ethical euthanization of companion animals.  Thank you for your consideration of this issue.

Sincerely,

Your name
Your address
Your email

Dear Representative _______,

As your constituent, I urge you to support H.B. 551, which would prohibit putting down companion animals by the use of a gas chamber. 

Ohio is one of the few remaining states that does not ban the use of the gas chamber in humane shelters, nor require transition to euthanasia by injection (EBI), which is accepted by all national veterinary and humane organizations as the most humane method currently available for euthanasia.  When performed properly by trained personnel, EBI is painless to the animal and takes effect within seconds. 

The gas chamber cannot be humanely used for the majority of shelter pets who require euthanasia.  Old, sick, and injured animals have circulatory problems that delay the effects of carbon monoxide, causing them to experience significant distress prior to losing consciousness.  Likewise, young animals have physiological make-ups that render a humane death impossible.  When animals are pregnant, the mother typically dies well before the unborn puppies, causing them to suffocate to death.  The 45 or more minutes it can take to end that animal’s life is agonizing. 

In summary, I ask you to support H.B. 551 and bring Ohio in line with the majority of states that have chosen to ban gas chambers and promote the ethical euthanization of companion animals.  Thank you for your consideration of this issue.

Sincerely,

Your name
Your Address
Your Email