Dec. 14, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Animals deserve humane ending

It’s hard to believe the Clovis City Commission voted to keep poisoning animals in a gas chamber instead of switching to peaceful euthanasia by injection at the Clovis Animal Shelter — especially since the switch may be required by law in 2009 and Gov. Bill Richardson offered the city $100,000 to assist with an early switch (“City Commission votes down euthanasia switch,” Dec. 4 CNJ).
Mostly, it’s appalling because death by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be slow and terrifying — with panicked animals gasping for breath, trying to claw their way out of the chamber, and sometimes even attacking other animals in the chamber — and can take as long as 30 minutes.
CO also endangers shelter workers. In March 2000, a technician in Chattanooga, Tenn., died from accidentally inhaling CO while killing animals. Repeated exposure to CO, even at low levels, can cause cancer, infertility, and heart disease.
Death by intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital, when administered by trained, caring shelter staff, is painless, peaceful, and quick. It’s also cheaper. A September 2000 study by the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society found that for a jurisdiction euthanizing 10,000 animals annually, the yearly cost of gassing averages $13,230, while euthanasia by intravenous injection averages $12,700.
Animals in shelters have already suffered enough from abandonment, abuse or a struggle to survive on the streets. They don’t deserve to suffer in death also, when we could provide them with a peaceful release instead. To learn more, visit:

Daphna Nachminovitch
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Norfolk, Va.

God needs no help from downtrodden
The other day I happened to glance up and catch a phrase on a billboard from one of the local churches. It read “Don’t cheat the Lord and call it economy.”
I wasn’t aware that God was in need of money that bad, to the point he would need money from people who are getting laid off left and right, and from people who are losing their homes at an alarming rate and can barely keep food on the table to feed poor little Johnny.
With this said, I also didn’t realize you had to pay your way to the heavenly gates.

Andrew Antkowiak Jr.