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Ban the Gas Chamber for Animals in Michigan!

Ban the Gas Chamber for Animals in Michigan!

Michigan House Bill 6042, the Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Act, and HB 6043 would ensure that when the state's unwanted, sick or unadoptable shelter animals have to be euthanized, the procedure will only be done by injection of sodium pentobarbital. This method is called euthanasia by injection. The American Humane Association considers euthanasia by injection to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for animals in animal shelters. Even though a majority of the shelters in the state use euthanasia by injection, 10 still use outdated, inhumane gas chambers. Shelter workers overwhelmingly wish to hold and comfort a frightened animal in its final moments of life. That act may be the only kindness the animal has ever known. In contrast, even with vigilant oversight, euthanizing any animal by means of a carbon monoxide or dioxide gas chamber is both severely inhumane to medium and large animals, and demoralizing to the workers who have to euthanize. Such outdated practices also create public outcry and demean the purpose of an animal shelter. HB 6042 is sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones and was drafted by American Humane and the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section. And HB 6043 would amend the bill entitled, "Dog Law of 1919." Please sign today to support these bills.

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