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United States Congress: Make heartstick euthanasia illegal!

Please help ban the cruel and painful way of euthanasia at animal shelters throughout the United States known as Heartsticking*. Dogs and cats are denied basic care and are put to sleep using Heartstick* & Gassing (both cause a slow, painful, stressful death) methods. These forms of cruel euthanasia are banned in most states. They are considered to be cruel and inhumane by the Humane Society of the United States.

Let's fight for better laws to end animal cruelty in America and Worldwide. Help make 2013 safer, happier, healthier year for animals!
*Intracardial injections, commonly referred to as "heart sticks," are considered inhumane and cruel when performed on animals that aren't anesthetized or comatose. This practice is
so irresponsibly abused it needs to be banned altogether!

Using the "heart stick" method is painful because the needle containing sodium pentobarbital - a schedule II controlled substance used to euthanize animals - passes through the chest wall and several layers of muscle before puncturing the heart. If the euthanasia substance isn't carefully and accurately administered, an animal's lungs could be punctured, causing them to fill with fluid, a cruel and painful way to die.

Intracardial injections are difficult to administer effectively on fully conscious animals because in the animal, the lungs and the heart are constantly moving, said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a veterinarian and professor of veterinary medicine who is considered a euthanasia expert by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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Dec 26th, 2016
Someone from Palm Beach Gardens, FL writes:
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im surprised this still goes on rarely a heartstick is nessary
Nov 15th, 2016 b. from Matthews, IN writes:
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Woman of Alien Great work you have got carried out, this site is admittedly interesting with great facts. Time is God as method of retaining everything from going on at once.
Sep 1st, 2016
Someone from Inverness, FL writes:
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Please ban tge yse if heart sticks in the state of Florida
Aug 28th, 2016
Someone from Baltimore, OH writes:
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These animals deserve respect. Please ban these inhumane practices.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Riverview, FL signed.
Jul 30th, 2016
Someone from Kalamazoo, MI writes:
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Ban cat declawing , cat dissection ,and cat lethal injection , too .
Jun 22nd, 2016
Someone from Saint Petersburg, FL signed.
Jun 18th, 2016
Someone from La Quinta, CA signed.
Jun 18th, 2016
Someone from Prescott Valley, AZ writes:
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I think it is horrible you are killing dogs and cats to begin with. If you must, it must be done in a humane way. These babies have feelings and should never have to suffer.
Jun 18th, 2016
Someone from Indian Wells, CA writes:
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How inhumane can you be? I have heard of this, but didn't believe it really existed. You need to guve an injection first to somewhat sedate the animal and then give the killing injection. Many shelters go straight to the killing injection... I have seen this and the dog goes into convulsions and is racked with pain. Good God, are we in the dark ages.. we seem to totally lack any degree of compassion. I wonder how you would feel if it were you being euthenized in this way. I guess it is their punishment for being born! Nancy