UDPATE: Kansas shelters are still able to use carbon monoxide (CO) gassing of dogs and cats as a method of euthanasia. A legislative conference committee removed language from an animal-care bill that would ban CO gas chambers in the state's shelters. The bill, including the CO gas chamber language, had passed the House 112-13. Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:
"We are disappointed that the efforts of Rep. Sharon Schwartz in removing the portion of the bill that would protect Kansas shelter pets from gas chambers were successful. The Department of Agriculture has outwardly supported a ban on carbon monoxide gas chambers in the state for four years and they were instrumental in stopping this legislation from passing as well. Gas chambers are inhumane and should not be used as a method of euthanasia. I would encourage advocates to contact their legislatures and voice their opposition to the committee's decision."