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Brady Backs off Bill to Euthanize Groups of Dogs, Cats with Carbon Monoxide

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The Republicans’ likely pick for Illinois governor is taking some heat from animal rights groups. State Senator Bill Brady has shelved legislation he introduced that would allow groups of unwanted dogs and cats to be euthanized by carbon monoxide all at the same time. Brady says a veterinarian in his district wanted a political discussion of the issue.

BRADY: A constituent of mine asked me to introduce it, so that the issue could be debated. Obviously, my running for governor’s elevated the discussion to point where it’s not going to be debated other than politically.

Under Illinois law, animals are allowed to be euthanized by carbon monoxide - but one at a time. Animal activists say putting several animals to death at one time is more stressful on dogs and cats and is inhumane.

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