Bill to Prohibit the Use of Gas Chambers to Kill Dogs and Cats is sent to Governor Brown for Signature

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2505 to prohibit the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats after learning of a loophole in current law. “In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats and removed inspection requirements to ensure gas chambers were working properly” he stated. It was understood that this ban would end the use of gas chambers in California. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide to kill dogs and cats was not explicitly banned.

“When I saw the scientific findings about how it induces pain and panic, I knew I had to take action and work on a bill,” he said. Assemblymember Quirk partnered with the Humane Society and the San Francisco SPCA to close this loophole after they discovered a shelter in Coalinga was killing animals in a gas chamber.

"We are grateful to Assemblymember Quirk for championing this important effort to close a loophole long believed to be closed," said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA. "With the last animal shelter in California closing down their gas chamber last month, Governor Brown should slam the door shut on this archaic and inhumane practice that has no place in California by signing AB 2505."

“I am thrilled that my Assembly and Senate colleagues agree with me that we need to put an end to this torturous method of killing animals. I know shelters do their best to find homeless animals good homes. In the unfortunate instances that cannot happen, these poor animals should be humanely euthanized,” Assemblymember Quirk said after the bill passed the senate floor. “I hope that Governor Brown agrees with us and closes this outdated, archaic and torturous loophole.”

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue & Taxation, Rules, and Utilities & Commerce.

Website of Assemblymember Quirk: http://www.asmdc.org/quirk