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NCJONI54
07-15-2008, 09:02 AM
Kinda long, but very disturbing. Any help is appreciated.

Sent: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 9:47:43 AM
Subject: ACTION ALERT: NC Dept. of AG secretly guts proposal re: humane euthanasia and gas chamber use

Cross-posting appreciated.

Even if you've already distributed the below message, please do so again and remind everyone, no matter where they live (NC is in the "Top Ten" tourist destinations in the country), to write to the two e-mail addresses at the end (of the AG chairman and State veterinarian) and urge local animal lovers to attend the hearing in Raleigh, July 17.

According to the NC Coalition for Humane Euthanasia, of NC's 100 counties, over 20 of the poorest counties have adopted lethal injection as their only form of euthanasia, while some of NC's richest counties exclusively use the gas chamber.
See: http://www.freewebs.com/ncche/index.htm (http://www.freewebs.com/ncche/index.htm)


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For Immediate Release
Date: July 3, 2008
Contact: Alice Singh 336-406-0965





State Officials Accused of


Secretly Gutting Proposed Animal Euthanasia Rules



NC Department of Agriculture evades public scrutiny;


Removes humane provisions behind closed doors.


North CarolinaToday, animal welfare supporters throughout North Carolina called for a legislative review of proposed rules governing euthanasia of dogs and cats at animal shelters in the state.
A non-profit animal welfare organization, the North Carolina Coalition for Humane Euthanasia, is opposing last-minute changes made by Department of Agriculture officials that take the teeth out of regulations originally intended to ensure the humane treatment of homeless animals. The rules can be found online at http://ncagr.com/vet/aws/documents/16288.pdf (http://ncagr.com/vet/aws/documents/16288.pdf).
A state law passed in 2005 required the Department of Agriculture to establish standards for the care of animals at animal shelters, boarding kennels, pet shops, and public auctions. The law also required that the department adopt rules on the euthanasia of animals and mandate training for any person who participates in the process. This law can be viewed online at http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/rtf/H685v0.rtf (http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/rtf/H685v0.rtf).

Two years later, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture released a proposed set of regulations.

Thousands of North Carolina citizens responded by submitting verbal and written testimony in opposition to the inhumane and dangerous practice of gassing animals for euthanasia. The Agriculture Department later published a new draft of proposed rules that required a phase out of the gas chamber by 2012.

However, the new version of the rules, which has not been published in the North Carolina Register, removes the phase out requirement and lifts restrictions on the use of the gas chamber for sick, injured and geriatric animals. It also eliminates requirements related to training and certification of euthanasia technicians which can cause unimaginable pain to animals being destroyed.

"The Department has violated the public trust by putting one set of rules before the public and then drastically weakening them behind closed doors, said Shari Strader, board member for NCCHE. "The Agriculture Department must be held accountable for failing to meet its responsibility to the public and its mandate to develop humane euthanasia standards for animals."

North Carolina residents' taxes pay for the salaries of state decision makers, as well as funding county shelters and gas chambers. "I don't think people realize they are footing the bill for the choices that are being made by the Agriculture Department regarding animal welfare issues and euthanasia methods," states Bobbi Parke, animal advocate. "If they only knew half of what is going on in this arena, and that they actually do have a say in choices that are being made for them, they would all immediately contact the Agriculture Department and demand accountability."

The rules would also require shelters using gas chambers to purchase new commercial models. Two North Carolina companies supplying gas chambers to shelters have come under fire, after inspections showed that the machines leaked high levels of carbon monoxide and endangered county employees. Three county employees operating gas chambers in North Carolina have died in recent years.

A quarter of a million cats and dogs are killed in North Carolina animal shelters annually. While most jurisdictions now utilize modern euthanasia practices, more than 30 county facilities continue to use the gas chamber. Extreme animal suffering in the gas chamber is well-documented. These humane concerns were the catalyst for the original rule making process. The question is: why are drastic last minute changes being made, and why are they being made secretly?

The NC Rules Review Commission will consider the new version of proposed rules at their July 17 meeting in Raleigh. Concerned citizens may write letters until July 17 to the Office of Administrative Hearings, Rules Review Commission, 1307 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC27605.

In addition to writing to the address below before July 17th, I would also send emails to the following people ASAP:

Chairman of the Ag Dept - Steve Troxler - [email protected] (http://us.mc311.mail.yahoo.com/mc/[email protected]) ncmail.net (http://ncmail.net/)

State Vet David Marshall - [email protected] (http://us.mc311.mail.yahoo.com/mc/[email protected]) ncmail.net

NCJONI54
07-15-2008, 09:03 AM
COUNTIES USING PRIMARILY GAS CHAMBERS:

6 TIER-3 Counties (wealthiest in the state)
18 TIER-2 Counties
12 TIER-1 Counties

1. Gaston County Animal Control TIER 2
2. Davidson TIER 2
3. Rowan TIER 2
4. Cleveland TIER 1
5. Alamance TIER 2 (Changing to EBI soon)
6. Iredell TIER 3
7. Caldwell TIER 1
8. Randolph TIER 2
9. Union TIER 3
10. Craven/Pamlico TIER 2
11. Brunswick TIER 3
12. WilkesTIER 2
13. Cabarrus TIER 3
14. Stokes TIER 2
15. Granville TIER 2
16. Lincoln TIER 3
17. Nash TIER 2
18. Columbus TIER 1
19. Johnston TIER 3
20. Yadkin TIER 2
21. Chowan TIER 2/Gates TIER 1/Perquimans TIER 2(combined)
22. City of Rocky Mount
23. Anson TIER 1
24. Person TIER 2
25. Hertford TIER 1
26. Watauga TIER 2
27. Wilson County TIER 1
28. Stanly County TIER 2
29. Beaufort County TIER 1
30. Vance County TIER 1
31. Montgomery County TIER 1
32. Davie County TIER 2(Changing to EBI soon)
33. Lee County TIER 2
34. Bladen County TIER 1
35. Washington County TIER 1