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Bills address animals, crimes against pregnant women

Posted January 29, 2009 5:20 p.m. EST

— Proposed bills in the North Carolina legislature focus on protecting animals in shelters and pregnant women.

The animal bill would outlaw the use of carbon monoxide or other types of gas chambers when euthanizing animals. It also clarifies what types of drugs can be used for the procedure.

Animal advocates have long claimed that gassing animals is inhumane.

Another bill filed in the state senate would increase the penalty for anyone who commits a crime against a pregnant woman.

If a woman is past her 20th week of pregnancy, officers could file an additional felony charge against a suspect.