The animal-euthanasia letter from Terri David [“Vote for the Animals,” Sept. 24] does not tell the whole story. I trust Ms. David was not politically motivated to distort the real facts, which may be verified by going to the Department of Agriculture (Veterinary Division) Web site, www.ncagr.gov/vet, and selecting “Rules Review Commission approves euthanasia rules for animal shelters.” I will highlight the status as it now exists:
The new rules allow for three major methods of euthanasia:
• Intracardiac injection (Section .0500)—The most humane method.
• Carbon monoxide equipment (Section .0600)—The rules do not mandate this method; however, shelters that use it must comply with very strict rules on methods and equipment and inspections. Individual counties may elect to prohibit this method.
• Extraordinary circumstances (Section .0700)—When euthanasia cannot be accomplished at the shelter.
The present status on these new rules is that a final vote was taken by the Rules Committee on Oct. 16, and they will be forwarded to the General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. If the rules are not adopted, there will be unregulated euthanasia in animal shelters throughout the state.
So if you want to vote for the animals, get on the backs of your representatives (old or new). The existing commissioner of agriculture, Steve Troxler, has gone overboard to see that we clean up the inhumane, barbaric methods of animal euthanasia.
— Dennis K. Hoerber, chair
Kathleen F. Hoerber Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees,