Use Of Animal Gas Chambers Dwindling In Kansas

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Stricter guidelines for using gas chambers to euthanize animals have the four Kansas communities that still operate them looking for affordable alternatives.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kansas is one of only 11 states that still use that method.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says it plans to adopt 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines that will make it almost impossible for the state's aging chambers to keep operating.

Humboldt police Lt. Jeff Collins says it costs about $37.50 to have a veterinarian put down a single feral cat, while a bottle of carbon monoxide that can be used 200 times costs $13.

Opponents say the method isolates animals in a tight, dark box where they wait alone until gas that doesn't immediately kill them is pumped in.

Posted by Greg Palmer


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