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An end to gassing

Whyalla News; An end to gassing; JADE WALKER;22 Sep, 2010

Animal gas chambers have finally been put to rest.

Whyalla City Council made recommendations on Monday night to adopt a policy of euthanising animals by injection.

The recommendations called tenders for the provision of an animal euthanasia service for a three-year period.

Council chief executive officer Ian Burfitt said it was a good move by the council.

“It would be safe to say that there was a fair degree of concerned expression across the community,” Mr Burfitt said.

He said due to the high concern the council came to the decision to stop using gas chambers.

He said Whyalla vet doctors would perform the euthanasia by lethal injection.

“We put the report up recommending we go out to tender for vets to undertake that service,” he said.

Mr Burfitt said originally the gassed animals were taken to landfill but now they would be of disposed by the vets.

The Whyalla gas chambers caused a stir earlier this August after a man’s pet dingo was threatened to be euthanised using the carbon monoxide.

Several community members, local and regional vets were concerned at the inhumane form of putting down animals.

Concerned resident Vicki Smith said she thought the move to change the form of euthanasia was brilliant.

Ms Smith was concerned after seeing a YouTube video that showed several dogs being crammed into the chamber at once.

Registrar of dogs Ronald Versteegh said he viewed the American video and said it definitely was not the way dogs were euthanised at the local pound.

Registrar of dogs Ronald Versteegh said he viewed the American video and said it definitely was not the way dogs were euthanised at the local pound.

 NO MORE GAS: Registrar of dogs Ronald Versteegh with one of the many dogs sent to the pound. In the background is the gas chamber, which will no longer be used to euthanise animals. This puppy staffy cross is either looking for its owner or a new home.

NO MORE GAS: Registrar of dogs Ronald Versteegh with one of the many dogs sent to the pound. In the background is the gas chamber, which will no longer be used to euthanise animals. This puppy staffy cross is either looking for its owner or a new home.

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