Pennsylvania legislators and Governor Tom Corbett are to be commended for passing a new law to end the euthanizing of animals via gas chambers.

The Animal Euthanasia Method Act, a bipartisan effort, was introduced by Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) and sponsored by Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny). The new law prohibits the use of gas chambers. It's also supposed to give shelters better access to the drugs they need for much more humane euthanasia by injection.

We agree with the ASPCA, (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsĀ®) when they say, "We applaud Governor Corbett for signing this bill into law and for adding Pennsylvania to the list of states where gassing is no longer allowed," said Debora M. Bresch, Esq., senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Mid-Atlantic region. "We are grateful to Representative John Maher, Senator Andy Dinniman and the advocates who have worked so hard to ensure passage of this law."

A news release from the ASPCA states the law was previously known as "Daniel's Law," in honor of Daniel, a beagle from Alabama who survived the gas chamber and was later adopted into a loving family.

"The enactment of this law guarantees that other animals will not have to suffer in the same way that Daniel did," added Ms. Bresch. We join her in hoping that other states that still allow this inhumane practice will follow Pennsylvania's lead and prohibit it.