Pennsylvania Senate passes bill banning gas chamber euthanasia

Pennsylvania is close to becoming the 20th state to ban the use of gas chambers as a method of euthanasia.

The state’s Senate passed House Bill 2630, which now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature.

Any person or group possessing a chamber or device used for gas euthanasia will be required to dismantle it or otherwise render it inoperable within 30 days of the bill’s passing, according to the official HB 2630 language. Failure to observe the new law will result in fines and civil penalties.

House Bill 2630 also modifies Pennsylvania’s Animal Destruction Method Authorization Law, which currently allows carbon monoxide gassing for animals older than seven weeks. The old law even includes instructions on how to perform carbon monoxide gassing using a hose connected to internal combustion engine, according to the Daily Local News.

Another noteworthy feature of the bill specifies that during euthanasia by injection, the injection may only be performed by a licensed veterinarian or a certified veterinary technician who is operating under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

House Bill 2630 is an 18-month undertaking spurred by State Sen. Andy Dinniman, who previously introduced similar bills in March 2011 and October 2011, the Daily Local News wrote.

House Bill 2630 is also referred to as Daniel’s Law. Daniel is a beagle who survived two visits to an Alabama gas chamber and has since become the poster puppy for the movement to ban gas chambers.

Read the full text of House Bill 2630

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