Over the past several months you have contacted my office regarding the prevention of cruelty to animals here in Pennsylvania. I want to let you know about new legislation that I have recently introduced and encourage you to join me in standing against the barbaric practice of gassing pet animals.
You may have recently heard the story of Daniel the stray beagle who has been dubbed the “Miracle Dog” since surviving the gas chamber at an Alabama animal shelter.
Did you know that it is currently legal under Pennsylvania law to euthanize a dog or cat with carbon monoxide or a variety of other gases?
Picture an animal control officer attaching a hose from the tailpipe of a truck to a sealed container while a poor dog or cat suffocates to death inside. Disturbing and sickening as it may be, that is a scenario that has happened here in Pennsylvania and it remains a perfectly legal way to euthanize a pet. In fact, current law only stipulates that if you euthanize your dog by exhaust from an internal combustion engine, the temperature of the exhaust cannot exceed 115 degrees!
It is time for that to change. It is time for Pennsylvania to join the 15 states, including New Jersey and New York, that have banned this practice. Our pet dogs and cats are not mere animal commodities but valued members of our families, and when their time on this earth nears its end end, they deserve to be put down without undue pain and suffering.
That is why I have introduced Senate Bill 1329, legislation that would once and for all ban this cruel practice. The bill, which currently has 34 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, would ensure that when the euthanization of a pet animal is necessary, only the most humane methods are used.
We are calling this bill “Daniel’s Law” after the miracle dog and I hope you and your canine friends will join Daniel, my poodle, Henry and I at a rally set for Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at Thorncroft Equestrian Center.
The event is open to well-behaved, leashed dogs and will feature several speakers from the animal rescue community. Complimentary dog biscuits will be provided.
Please come out to support “Daniel’s Law” and make your voice heard on behalf of our four-legged friends.
I also urge you to contact your local state senator and representative, as well as members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to encourage them to pass this important legislation.
Offices of State
Senator Andy Dinniman