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ACTION ALERT: JOIN NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA IN SUPPORTING THE END OF GAS CHAMBERS IN SHELTERS

SPEAK FOR THE VOICELESS BY ENCOURAGING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO PASS RESOLUTION 208. ACT NOW!

It’s a statistic that we’ve shared with you before, and one that continues to break our hearts: Of the 8 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who enter U.S. municipal shelters each year, approximately half will never make it out alive.

As the leader in the no-kill movement, North Shore Animal League America is supporting House Resolution 208, which opposes the use of gas chambers to end the lives of animals and calls upon the states to pass laws to ban this horrific practice.

The Resolution, sponsored by James “Jim” Moran Jr. of Virginia, makes several key points opposing the use of gas chambers, including the fact that it can take over 30 minutes to end an animal’s life in a gas chamber, and that the process “can cause loss of consciousness and brain function in an animal only after the animal’s vital organs shut down, resulting in prolonged suffering and distress.”

In addition, the Resolution points out that older, pregnant and injured animals often take even longer periods to absorb the gas, and thus can experience even more stress and trauma before they die.

Dr. Mark Verdino, Animal League America’s VP and Chief of Veterinary Staff, states it succinctly: “Gas chambers serve just one purpose: to kill large numbers of animals cheaply and easily. It is inhumane and in many cases ineffective.”

Here’s how you can take action:

Contact your Congressman/woman and ask that he/she sponsor House Resolution 208. Tell your representative that House Resolution 208:

  • Would help to eliminate archaic and cruel methods to end the lives of animals in shelters, and
  • the use of an injection of sodium pentobarbital is considered to be the most humane method of euthanasia by the American Veterinary Medical Association and humane organizations, including North Shore Animal League America. (Note: North Shore Animal League America believes that euthanasia should only be used when an animal is suffering from an injury or illness that is not treatable, never as a means of population control.)

To find out if your legislator has co-sponsored this resolution, please visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres208. There, you will also find the full text of the resolution.

If you are not sure of the names of your representatives, go to www.house.gov. Put in your zip code where indicated and contact information for your legislators will be provided.


As the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, North Shore Animal League America is dedicated to leading the movement to a no-kill nation and, ultimately a no-kill world. Since our founding in 1944, we’ve worked tirelessly to save homeless animals, otherwise known as Mutt-i-grees®, from puppy mills, natural disasters and other dire situations. We have found homes for over 1 million of these innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in our nearly seven decades. We’ve also led the way with numerous life-saving initiatives and events, including our month-long global Pet Adoptathon, cross country Tour For Life, SpayUSA program and many other innovative programs.