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Bill that would ban gas chamber use at animal shelters fails

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Members of the Human Society are disappointed after a proposed bill to end the use of  gas chambers for animal shelter euthanasia failed to pass the Utah Legislature.

The bill, S.B. 50, sponsored by Sen. Peter Knudson failed in the Senator Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee with a vote of three yeas and four nays.

This is the fourth year in a row the bill has failed.

"Utah is one of four states in the U.S. that still uses gas chambers to euthanize animals," Utah Humane Society officials said.

"Out of the 57 animal shelters that the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) tracks, only eight have a gas chamber. Two shelters, North Utah Valley Animal Services and Draper City Animal Control have agreed to permanently dismantle or remove their gas chamber within the next month," they said.

The Humane Society of Utah and The Humane Society of the United States says they will continue to encourage the transition from gas chamber euthanasia to EBI for the remaining six animal shelters.

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