(photo credit: Associate Press)
Nineteen states still use the gas chamber as a means of euthanizing. It's barbaric. Dogs gasp and choke, often burning their windpipes. They panic, vomit, and lose their bowels. There is nothing humane about it. In some areas, the gas chamber is old and needs to be used twice to do its job. Older dogs, without sufficient lung capacity to succumb to the poison gas, take longer to kill.
Florence Alabama rightly voted to ban the use of the gas chamber this past legislative session, but the ban will not take effect until December 31, 2011. Until then, many dogs will suffer the fate Daniel fortunately escaped.
I hope his case brings some awareness to the gas chamber's use.