You might recall the video of Susan Boyer, an employee at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg AC & C shelter, offering her view that killing pets by injection is a “morale booster” for shelter staff vs. killing them via the gas chamber.
Today, I came across a different view from Tommy Morson, the AC director in Tuscumbia, AL. He contends that gassing pets to death is A-OK and “not as painful as the emotional toil it takes on shelter technicians who euthanize the animals by injection”. He goes on to explain:
[W]hen that animal leaves here, it is dead. The shelter technicians have to live with it and it’s tough on them. When they euthanize by injection, the animal dies in their arms. They have bonded with those animals. When they put it in the chamber, it’s out of sight, out of mind. When they go back 30 minutes later, it’s dead.
Out of sight, out of mind. Is that the attitude we want in our public servants paid to care for homeless pets? Heaven forfend they should touch the animals while killing them, because you know, needless killing is “tough on them”. (I imagine it’s no picnic for the friendly pets being killed either.)
Mr. Morson is also president of the Southeast Animal Control Officers Association which covers nine states. I wonder if he, or anyone in his organization, is aware that the National Animal Control Association condemns the use of the gas chamber. Maybe his group has gone rogue, I don’t know.
“The gas chamber is still a legal method of euthanasia and as long as it is, we will use it,” said Morson[.]
Way to stay loyal to The Before Time.
In any case, some might find it interesting to debate whether needless killing of shelter pets by injection is a “morale booster” as Ms. Boyer contends or if needless killing by gassing is as easy as making a baked potato in the microwave – you just push the button, go back in 30 minutes and voila! But it occurs to me that we are overlooking the obvious here: Animal shelters do not need to kill healthy/treatable pets because there are enough homes for all of them.
What if we quit spending our time arguing about which kill method makes for the cheeriest staff and considered how great shelter workers would feel if they didn’t have to needlessly kill any pets? Why not redirect our time and money toward saving lives instead of needlessly ending them? Happy staff, happy shelter pets, happy adopters.