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Animal Groups to Recognize State Sen. Watson

Humane groups will recognize State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, for championing legislation to improve animal welfare in Texas. During the recent Texas Legislative Session, Watson sponsored and helped  pass SB 360, the bill to ban gas chamber euthanasia for shelter cats and dogs in Texas. The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsĀ®, the Texas Humane Legislation Network and the Austin Humane Society will present the award.

Prior to the enactment of SB 360, the Texas Humane Euthanasia Act allowed for euthanasia of cats and dogs to be administered one of two ways: via a sodium pentobarbital injection, also referred to as euthanasia by injection, or by commercially compressed carbon monoxide gas. This new law will limit the approved methods to injection only, which is more humane than gas as it takes effect faster, acts more reliably and causes less pain and trauma than gas. In gas chambers, animals may suffer extensively before succumbing to the carbon monoxide.

Gas chambers can also pose great physical and psychological harm to shelter employees. Studies have proven that it is more expensive to operate a gas chamber than it is to purchase and use euthanasia drugs. 

Austin Humane Society
124 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78752
Tuesday, Oct.1, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-14
Katie Jarl, Texas state director, HSUS    
Shelby Bobosky, Legislative chair, THLN
Karen Medicus, Senior Director of Community Initiatives, ASPCA
Frances Jonon, Executive Director, AHS