(Jan. 9, 2014)—The following is a statement from Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States, calling on Randolph County officials to reconsider their decision to continue the use of gas chambers at the county animal shelter. The HSUS gave the county a $3,000 grant in 2011 to fulfill its commitment to eliminate their gas chambers, but it was recently discovered that the chamber is still in use. The county was asked to either honor their commitment to discontinue using the chamber or return the funds, and has chosen the latter.
“We are saddened and dismayed that officials of Randolph County, North Carolina have chosen to reverse their commitment to end their use of a gas chamber in the county shelter.
It is shocking that a North Carolina county would return desperately needed funding for their animal shelter because they would rather continue a practice that has been denounced by every national humane organization. This does nothing but hurt the animals of Randolph County, for absolutely no reason.
We of course would prefer that the shelter keep the money and honor their commitment to stop the use of the gas chamber. We urge Randolph County officials to reconsider, and do the right thing."
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the Web at humanesociety.org.