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Death by Gas
by Ruan Mills Burke
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Difficult to write, difficult to read, but there is no upside for these poor creatures.


My paws are really sweating
My heart is pounding fast
They’ve put me in a metal box
I see them through the glass
The sound of them is muffled
I scrape hard at the door
The air in here smells very odd
I’m falling to the floor
bark and howl and call to them
To beg that I be spared
I cannot stand, I cannot breathe
I’m choking and I’m scared
I’ve never felt such fear as this
I’ve wet myself in here
My head is spinning round and round
I’m vomiting severe
My legs convulse, my back is arched
I’m fighting to survive
My mind is stretched to find a way
That I can stay alive
It seems to last forever
And my lungs are going to burst
The daylight fades at last from eyes
Your chamber’s done its worst.



Written for the 'Ban The Gas Chamber campaigns world-wide.


Did you know that the gas chambers are still widely used?

Did you know that it can take a dog up to 45 minutes to expire in one of these?

Did you know that some don't die the first time and so they get put back in?




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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/4/2012
A gripping poem of a torturous way to die. If we must kill them, we must come up with a more humane way.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/3/2012
Heartshattering write; this should NOT be!! Yet the killings continue .... it would not be if more places allowed pets (our place does, but not cats .... wonder how many kitties are getting gassed because of rules such as ours: dogs, birds, fish, okay, but NO cats; owner HATES cats!!) .... if I could, I'd have a cat!! I would LOVE to have a cat, but cannot. It breaks my heart!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/2/2012
those before me have expressed much for me it is a sad commentary on what man will allow to happen to his best friends. Those who only love us without question.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/2/2012
A barbaric journey for once befriended and loved
animals. Tears of sadness beyond comprehension.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 5/2/2012
Jerry, I wasn't suggesting we just turn them all loose.
The point here is that there are more humane ways to euthanize.
This way is long-winded and barbaric. It takes far too long for the animal to expire (sometimes a 2nd session is needed) and it does so in a state of panic.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/2/2012
What truly saddens me is that when one in a thousand of them somehow miraculously survive that gas chamber, a hundred people will suddenly rush to the shelter wanting to adopt this 'special dog.' But it never even occurs to them to rush down to the shelter to actually save a life or two before they are gassed.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/2/2012
Yes, it is something hateful, but I suppose probably necessary. We can't just turn them loose and let them roam. We can't just keep on keeping them and adding more and more, the coast would soon be astronomical.

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