Bill Passed House For Ban On Animal Gas Chambers 4/29/13
April 29, 2013
Odessa - A Texas bill could soon put an end to a controversial procedure that activists say is cruel treatment of animals.
It took less than four months for a bill that will ban the use of all animal gas chambers to be introduced, passed through the senate and then unanimously passed through the house. In Texas only 29 cities have these chambers, and one is here in Odessa.
"Gas chambers in my opinion is inhumane and it's cruel towards animals that really have no voice. They put them in a container, a contained box that has only one entrance that is the gas entrance and it's pretty much like suffocating them," said Elizabeth Avila a kennel technician at Midland SPCA.
Humane society members have long recognized gas chambers as a cruel, and unsafe method of euthanizing animals.
"It depends on how long the cat can breathe it in and as long as that is they are suffering. It is hard to watch something you love to go bye," said Avila.
We spoke with the Odessa Animal Control supervisor who declined to comment on the topic, but did confirm that animal control uses a gas chamber to euthanize animals. For those against methods like this, the thought of it being banned is almost too good to be true.
"It's like a movie that you watched of all the underdogs getting together to go against the big man you know all of us together we can get our voice heard," said Avila.
The bill now goes to the governorís desk for signature.