Shelley Homan
Olathe
The Humane Society of the US, and its Kansas director, have been diligently working to end the use of gas chambers in Kansas shelters by offering training and assistance for smaller cities to learn how to implement humane euthanasia by injection rather than by use of the CO chambers. These chambers are often poorly maintained, malfunction and can subject animals to suffering for up to 30 minutes during the euthanasia process.
There are currently four remaining city shelters in Kansas with operating gas chambers – Humboldt, Norton, Chanute and Eureka. The Eureka shelter has announced that it will move to the injection-based euthanasia. There are an estimated 50 shelters in the US still using the chambers. Twenty-one states have banned the practice, and Kansas needs to do the same.
Of course, if all pet owners act responsibly and spay/ neuter their pets, euthanasia rates will drop significantly, benefiting both taxpayers and our animals.