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Re: “Use of gassing challenged

John D and others: I will only speak to that of which I have firsthand knowledge. In Whiteville, NC (Columbus County), where I resided for 8 years, the gas chamber used by the Animal Control facility is oversized and homemade by the AC officer. MULTIPLE animals are placed in at one time---old, young, sick, pregnant, large aggressive dogs, along with tiny pups. The carbon monoxide solution is mixed at a lower-than regulation amount (to "save money"). The death chamber turns into a bloodbath for 20-30 minutes. You can hear thrashing, fighting, snarling, screaming, etc. for that entire time as the animals become frightened and begin to react and fight. If you ever have the misfortune of looking inside the death chamber, you will find scratch marks, bite marks, and blood everywhere were the slaughter inside takes place EVERY Friday morning without fail (unless it's a holiday weekend--then, it is Thursday morning). Becasue this vast variety of animals don't all die at the same rate, some are still grasping onto life as they are tossed into a truck and hauled to the landfill to be discarded. I hope this sufficiently addressed your question about whether there is any real difference between lethal injection and the gas chamber. It should be very clear for anyone who is a thinking, feeling human being in this country. If NC would come into the 21st century (yes, I'm a native North Carolinian) and learn to have their pets altered, we would not rank as the state with the greatest number of "euthanasias" per year in the US. (I use the term euthanasia loosely since it means "mercy-killing"; in these gas chambers, that's a pathetic joke.

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Posted by pglewis on 07/19/2008 at 10:52 PM

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