Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shelter chief regrets gas chamber ban: Says gassing can be more humane than injections

(I have tried to handle feral cats humanely, and my arms and hands were shredded in the process. Who wants to bet "humane injections" are not humane for the technicians?)

One local shelter supervisor had mixed emotions after Gov. Joe Manchin signed a bill banning new gas chambers for euthanizing animals, "I wish they wouldn't have been completely outlawed," said Dana Johnson, supervisor at the Monongalia County Canine Adoption Center.

Johnson said she was happy Manchin grandfathered existing chambers -- with certain provisions -- but doesn't feel the practice should be banned.

Under the bill, no new gas chambers can be built. Existing chambers must have been built by a certified company, and only trained technicians can use them.

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