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Fre quently, the animals euthanize d in shelter s are old, young, ill or injure d ; none of the se animals c an b e humanely euthanize d in a gas chamb er. Old, ill, injure d or other wise compromise d animals may suf fer from me dic al conditions that delay the ef fe ct s of c arb on monoxide, c ausing them to exp erience distre s s prior to unconsciousne s s. Ne onat al animals are re sist ant to hyp oxia and c an sur vive much longer without ox ygen than adult s, making the use of inhalant s such as c arb on monoxide inef fe ctive. Even he althy adult dogs and c at s will suf fer stre s se d just by b eing place d in the dark, unfamiliar environment of a gas chamb er, and may b e come p anicke d by the sight s, sounds and smells of the e quipment and the pre sence of other animals. At the ver y le ast, shelter s who kill, p ar ticularly those which kill large numb er s of animals, are obligate d to ensure that employe e s are te chnic ally prof icient, comp etent, skille d, comp as sionate, prop erly traine d, and doing ever y thing in their p ower to make sure the animals are as fre e from stre s s and anxiet y as p os sible. The use of a gas chamb er do e s not allow this. A relatively p ainle s s de ath c an o ccur only in an environment where sensi pr. 09

tivit y, comp as sion, and skill, combine with ef for t s to minimize distre s s and anxiet y. By contrast, gas systems t ake time to kill — during which animals exp erience distre s s and anxiet y, and c an strug gle to sur vive. They c an re -

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