Shelter Animals Deserve Better

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has reintroduced his nonbinding resolution, H.Res. 208, expressing opposition to the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals and calling on states to ban the practice and allow euthanasia by injection (EBI) only. Gas chamber use in animal shelters is inhumane, dangerous to shelter workers, and more expensive than EBI. The issue itself is a grim byproduct of the fact that, of the 6–8 million animals in shelters each year, half go unadopted. While progress has been made in increasing adoptions and decreasing the number of animals turned in to shelters (e.g., by improving spay/neuter rates), much work remains to be done.