Bill to Prohibit the Use of Gas Chambers to Kill Dogs and Cats is Signed into Law

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) has successfully banned the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed his bill, AB 2505.

In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide was not banned.

“When I saw the scientific findings about how gas, specifically carbon dioxide, induces pain and panic, I knew I had to take action and work on a bill,” Assemblymember Quirk said. “This is torture and counter to our commitment to animal welfare,” he added.

Assemblymember Quirk partnered with the Humane Society of the United States and the San Francisco SPCA to close this loophole after they discovered a shelter in Coalinga was using carbon dioxide to kill animals in an unregulated gas chamber.

"We are incredibly grateful that Governor Brown has ensured that no California cat or dog will ever again suffer a terrifying and painful death in a gas chamber," said Jennifer Scarlett, DVM, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA. "On behalf of the San Francisco SPCA and the many organizations that supported AB 2505, we thank Assemblymember Quirk for his humane leadership." 

“I am glad Governor Brown agrees 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 commented upon learning his bill was signed.

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.

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