Some of us agree that there is need for further changes. A citizens group is organizing to work at addressing those needs. If interested in participating, please email your name/address/phone to firstname.lastname@example.org
In this day and age, with all of the information out there about how inhumane gassing is and that it can take up to 30 minutes for the animals to suffocate to death, and how desperately they try to escape the box during those last minutes, it is appalling to think that gassing equipment is still being utilized in pounds and shelters, predominantly municipal pounds and shelters, which means we, as taxpayers, are paying for it. That is unacceptable. Many states have now banned the use of gas chambers. Missouri's reputation as the puppy mill state is bad enough. Can't we at least improve our image just a bit by banning this barbaric method of killing our homeless pet population?
If you are interested in joining a group of concerned citizens in Jefferson City to ensure the gassing chamber at the Jefferson City Animal Shelter becomes a thing of the past, send your name/address/phone to email@example.com. This group is just forming - spread the word!
City ordinance requires a five day stray hold.
If you love animals and would like to join a group of advocates who believe that the gas chamber must go and stay gone, as well as transforming the current local shelter to a no kill facility is easily within reach by implementing a few tried and proven methods, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name/address/phone, but first, spend 20 minutes watching Strayed, The Story of How the Animal Welfare Community Lost its Way
The video is from a Minnesota shelter but could easily be our very own JCAS.
To clarify, the records I've seen do not include wildlife numbers with the exception of one rabbit on the 2012 report.
A citizens group is forming to ensure the end of gassing of animals at JCAS. If you would like to participate and/or be kept informed of activities and updates, send your name/address/phone number to stopgassingatJCAS@gmail.com to get on the mailing list.
And if you're a Facebook user, be sure to visit and like the Missouri Against Gas Chambers page.
Regarding the statement about the new and improved ventilation system in the new facility, Ms. Jennings implied that the lack thereof was the reason for more deaths due to disease while at the old shelter, however, the stats for 2011 and 2012 are almost identical for animals entering the facility with URI or related disease. And during 2012, 33 animals developed URI or related disease AFTER entry at the facility while in 2011, the number was only 18, so again, it seems the reverse of what was stated is actually accurate.
You absolutely can request that information through the City Clerk. The facility is required to maintain records. The accuracy of course might be questionable.
I disagree. If death is necessary, they should have a right to a humane death. Numerous states have banned the use of gas chambers to kill homeless animals and there is a national movement underway to encompass all states. It's time for Missouri to move out of the past and into the current realm of right and just to all living beings.
I would say that says it all and hopefully this time, the result will be the needed changes in management and policy.
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