Take Action Against Animal Gas Chambers Has Protest at SPCA Outaouais Saturday June 1, 2013

outeouis gas chamberA group in the Outaouais is protesting the destruction of animals via Gas Chamber Saturday June 1 from 11AM-3PM.  Below is their press release and there’s a petition too!

LINK  The event has a Facebook page as well.

The TAKE ACTION AGAINST ANIMAL GAS CHAMBERS group invites media to attend a peaceful public demonstration in protest of current euthanization practices at the SPCA Outaouais, taking place on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.  The location is at the SPCA at 132 Rue de Varennes, Gatineau, QC.


The protest has been organized in response to the recent decision made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPAQ), that will allow the SPCA Outaouais to continue to use the gas chamber to euthanize homeless, stray, and surrendered family pets in this manner for another five years.


This method of euthanasia, which allows animals to agonize for up to 27 minutes, causes needless and excruciating suffering. Multiple animals, specifically cats, are placed in the chamber at one time.  Despite being separated in carriers, they must watch the other cats in the gas chamber with them die as they await the same fate. The level of agitation in the chamber can be high, and extreme fear and panic is common among the dying animals.


In addition, operators are trained via a manual, allowing for various errors to occur.  SPCA noted on one occasion, a cat was placed in the gas chamber and the operator forgot to turn the gas on. Thus the cat sat in the cramped gas chamber for approximately 30 minutes until after the employee returned.  Finding the cat alive, the operator then turned the gas on.  It can be assumed this cat was likely uncomfortable confined in this unfamiliar and uncertain environment before their death.   The carbon monoxide used in the chamber is also a safety hazard to the shelter workers who may inadvertently inhale this toxic substance due to lack of proper training or possible exposure to the gas.


The SPCA Outaouais claims to take in an average of 8,500 animals per year, and adopt out approximately 2,200. This leaves a staggering number of animals left behind to die in this barbaric way.

Peaceful Public Demonstration

Saturday, June 1, 2013

11:00 a.m.

132 Rue De Varennes, Gatineau


Music in the Pines


  1. Now that’s just wrong! I feel sorry for those animals and this makes me rethink wanting to do anything for the SPCA. They should immediately put an end to this process!

  2. I see that they have learned something from the Nazi’s. Perhaps in the future it might be the sick and infirm, long term care patients, mental patients and then the ethnics. Adolph Hitler is alive and well and living in Quebec!

  3. I think lethal injection is more animalistic.

    Genesis 9:2-3 ” And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things”.

  4. Good luck tomorrow everyone.Thank you so much for taking a stand against animal gas chambers.Hoping the attention will have a positive impact & help bring about the end of this inhumane practice of killing healthy,adoptable shelter animals.Will be there in spirit from Michigan.

  5. The animals were creating knowing…humans must be taught, and they still cannot learn. Not everything on this earth is for food for their gut. Cages were created by humans. We have destroyed this earth to the point that it is slowing dying. The eco system is dying and there is no turning back. Who will the cruel taskmasters and greedy will turn to then?

  6. Linda – yes, the eco is dying, and that because of the willful rebellion of God’s creatures. I am speaking of man, not animals. This whole sinful, corrupt, defiled mess is all scheduled for a Sovereign make over, and that by fire! (2 Peter 3;10-12) When the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to kick out the rebels, He will recreate everything, and that without the smallest trace of sin. Righteousness will reign not only in everyone’s heart, but over all the land, even over all the universe. Hail King Jesus! Linda, the question that remains to be asked – will you be there?

  7. I am sickened to learn that animal shelters, that are supposed to be safe places for animals, are gassing defenseless animals to death. I am disturbed and heartbroken that this is happening. I am immediately putting an end to my monthly donation to the SPCA. A heartfelt thank you to the compassionate individuals who are speaking up for the victims of the SPCA Outaouais.

  8. Inspecteur Canine in St.Lin was the subject of a protest for their Gas Chambers also a few years ago, I believe it still exists. How ANYONE who works for a “rescue” can put them in the chamber, close the door, push the button and walk away is beyond me.

  9. Hello,
    Those of Jewish descent or of Polish or certain eastern Euro nations will agree that that is barbary!!!!
    It does nottake a scolar, and to answer one post, yes Inspecteur Calin still exists and gases like Hitler. She says so what they are only animalls you … they are not people.
    Ohh ya, maybe she should come with me to Poland and see the remains of what was called the Final Solution!!
    Believe me it is also a practise that North Korea is now in 2013 using on peolple. They are torturing women they see as inferior to men, they are gassing children and their families anyone they see as anti govt. They are like the gestapo in WW2 which took pleasure. The Koreans sit and watch the suffering. I ask people to go on gas chambers and Poland WW2 and see the similarities.
    wE HAVE NOT LEARNED AND GET THIS ONE a US State in the south wants to gas prisoners because they ran out of injections.
    Was the bum Hitler not right : MY rEICH SHALL LIVE FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.
    Stop this barbaric oh ya and I invite people to look at Mtl SPCA MTL recommendations to MAPAQ. tHEY HAVE NO OBJECTION TO GAS OR EVEN USING A SHOTGUN OR ELECTROCUTION!!! A HUMANE SOCIETY!

  10. This is what community rescue groups do. Keeping animals out of gas chambers and from the needles and saving lives of innocent animals. Here in Brevard County Fl http://www.melfla.com/ our animal services shelters are refusing to let community rescue groups do their thing and animals are needlessly dying. When animal services is forced to work with these groups the system works. In three weeks 127 cats were adopted after an adoption center was set up in the local mall controlled by a rescue group. Yet BASE continues to turn their head to what can be done when people put their minds to saving animals in county shelters. My first hand experience with Herbie the Cat http://www.melfla.com/Herbie.html should have been a feel good story but instead Herbie is a statistic. His fate was with the Gas Chamber man http://www.melfla.com/letterofgaschamber.html and he was killed two hours before I could rescue him. I urge everyone to take action to make sure your community joins the other 200+ towns, cities and organizations that are now NO KILL facilities where 90% or more of the animals are saved.

    Contact Brevard County Animal Services and tell them to stop killing healthy animals http://www.melfla.com/e-maillist.html

  11. The American Humane Society fights to BAN gas chamber euthanization because of cruelty to animals, and promotes EBI.

    Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Fact Sheet
    1. Euthanasia by Injection (EBI) is the safest way for humans to euthanize shelter animals. The American Humane Association has been directly involved in training shelter euthanasia technicians on properly administering euthanasia by injection for decades. This on-site assistance has definitively shown that EBI is the safest and only humane way to euthanize shelter animals. Carbon monoxide poses a danger to humans because it is colorless, tasteless, odorless, and highly explosive1. A gas chamber must be constantly checked and maintained to ensure no cracks in the structure or failing seals. .When carbon monoxide is released in a confined area, it can cause asphyxiation, kidney damage, or induced coma. The gas chamber jeopardizes the safety of shelter workers. In 2009, gas build-up caused the door of the Lincoln County, North Carolina shelter to explode open; the incident put an animal control officer in the emergency room. In 2008, an explosion in the Iredell County, North Carolina Animal Services’ gas chamber revealed that, contrary to recommendations, the equipment in the vicinity of the chamber was not explosion proof. A shelter worker was in the room at the time and other personnel were nearby. In 2000, a shelter worker in Tennessee was asphyxiated to death while operating a faulty gas chamber. And in 1997 a shelter veterinarian in Illinois was severely injured while operating a gas chamber. In contrast, there are no documented reports of any shelter worker being killed from an accidental injection of sodium pentobarbital.2 The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2007 Guidelines on Euthanasia state: “Carbon Monoxide is extremely hazardous for personnel because it is highly toxic and difficult to detect . . . The advantages of using barbiturates for euthanasia in small animals far outweigh the disadvantages. Intravenous injection of a barbituric acid derivative is the preferred method for euthanasia of dogs, cats, other small animals, and horses.”3
    2. EBI is the most humane method of euthanizing shelter animals. IF successful, the gas chamber can take up to 25 to 30 minutes to end an animal’s life, whereas EBI causes loss of consciousness within 3 to 5 seconds and clinical death within 2 to 5 minutes.4 EBI causes animals to lose consciousness and brain function before their vital organs shut down. In a chamber, however, animals lose consciousness and brain function only after their vital organs shut down, causing prolonged suffering and distress. EBI is the method preferred by the National Animal Control Association,5 the American Veterinary Medical Association,6 the Association of Shelter Veterinarians,7 and The Humane Society of the United States. Old, neonatal, and injured animals are often biologically unable to absorb the gas as readily as larger or healthier animals, which prolongs trauma and stress.8 Birds and neonatal animals are commonly euthanized by using halothane or isoflurane anesthesia gas, followed by an intraperitoneal injection into the abdominal cavity. Birds are commonly euthanized via an oral injection of sodium pentobarbital. Using dioxide on these animals is unnecessary.
    1 See Christopher Henry, et al., Myocardial Injury and Long-term Mortality Following Moderate to Severe Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, (The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol, 295, No. 4, 2006).006.
    2 “Sodium pentobarbital is not considered a health hazard to staff unless it is deliberately misused or handled incorrectly.” (American Humane Association, Operational Guide for Animal Care and Control Agencies: Euthanasia by Injection, p. 19, 2005).
    3 American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines on Euthanasia, p.10-11. (2007).
    4 American Humane Association, Euthanasia by Injection—Training Guide, p. 8 (2008).
    5 See National Animal Control Policy Statement: Disposition of Animals—Euthanasia, at http://www.nacanet.org/poleuth.html .
    6 The AVMA 2007 Guidelines on Euthanasia state: ―The use of injectable euthanasia agents is the most rapid and reliable method of performing euthanasia.‖ (p. 11). See http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia.pdf .
    7 Association of Shelter Veterinarians position statement on Euthanasia of Shelter Animals, at http://www.sheltervet.org/documents/Position%20Statements/Euthanasia%20of%20Shelter%20Animals.pdf.
    8 Grim, Randy, Miracle Dog: How Quentin Survived the Gas Chamber to Speak for Animals

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