Possible Vote Wednesday On Animal Euthanasia Rules

After months of debate, State Agriculture officials could vote Wednesday on new rules regulating animal euthanasia in animal shelters in North Carolina.

The vote could outlaw carbon monoxide as an option for euthanasia. Many animal rights groups favor injection, and some outright reject carbon monoxide. The other option is lethal injection.

Shelters say they have to put animals down when they run out of room to house them. Officials say the problem is bigger than many realize. In Pitt County alone during the last fiscal year, the shelter had to put down nearly 27-hundred dogs and cats, because there is not enough room for them.

Michele Whaley, the Director of the Animal Shelter in Pitt County says, the animals will often make a noise when they're in the gas chamber, that's hard for people to listen to. Whaley says, despite the noise, the animals are unconscious and are not feeling any pain in the process.
Pitt County does not use carbon monoxide as a form of euthanasia, only injection.

For more on the rules the North Carolina Board of Agriculture is considering for animal euthanasia, click here

To read more about the position of the Humane Society of the United States on animal euthanasia, including injection and carbon monoxide, click here

To read more about the position of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on animal euthanasia, including injection and carbon monoxide, click here

To read more about the position of the American Humane Association on animal euthanasia, including injection and carbon monoxide, click here


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