End Gas Chamber Euthanasia in Michigan

Homeless pets in Gratiot County, Mich., saw a victory at the end of March when the Board of Commissioners voted  to end the use of gas chambers for euthanasia at the Animal Control shelter.

While the the decision to end the use of gas chambers is a victory, the board voted to continue supplying animals to R&R Research, a Class B dealer that has a laundry list of USDA citations for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

The county’s contract with R&R Research expires in 2014 and will not be renewed. Until then, R&R will be receiving one animal a year to fulfill the contract, according to the Morning Sun.

Gratiot County is the last county in the state that still supplies animals to Class B dealers and animal advocates hope that the decision not to renew the contract will lead to an end of the supply of shelter animals for research who should, instead, get a second chance at finding a forever home. Nearby Mecosta County will end the practice of pound seizure at the end of June.

Meanwhile, animal advocates are still fighting to end euthanasia via gas chambers in throughout the state of Michigan with Grant’s bills, named for a dog who was killed in a gas chamber in 2008 despite efforts to rescue him, according to Michigander’s for Shelter Pets.

Grant’s bills (SB 423 and 424) would require all shelters and Class B dealers to euthanize animals with an injection of sodium pentobarbitol, which is considered a more humane alternative and is supported by the National Animal Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, American Humane Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.

There are currently only four more counties in the state, Berrien, Branch, Cass and Van Buren, with shelters that still use gas chambers to kill homeless pets, although Berrien claims it no longer uses this method to kill animals. Regardless, it’s time for all shelters to stop using this cruel and outdated practice as a means of dealing with homeless pets and dismantle their gas chambers permanently.

Take Action!

Please sign the petition asking the Michigan legislature to support Grant’s bills and join the other states who have already banned this barbaric practice.

You can also sign the petition asking Congress to keep homeless pets from becoming test subjects by putting Class B dealers out of business for good.

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

William C
William Cabout a year ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

David Duncan
David Duncan5 years ago

I don't agree with euthanizing animals at all how ever this is the worst and cruelest way to do it. Dog & Cats suffer it was banned for humans why not for animals. this is also not the cheapest or most effective.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

carol k.
carol k5 years ago

It is so sad and wrong and abusive to sens ANY animal to the Frankensteins of Laboratories and research ; all it really is is a legal torture chamber for animals. When will government learn that ALL Life is Created for good by God and given to man as companions , not as footballs, food, whipping posts, toys, things , or to be abuse and used for man's destructive " lets see what happens when we do this to this animal "... lack of heart , wisdom and knowledge. mankind is brutal to life.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Oh, those poor animals! How cruel can those politicians be to send innocent animals into torture? Have they appointed someone to make the selection of which animal that will be sent to the reserach labs each year? I suggest that the Board of Commissioners, each and everyone are forced to make that decision while looking into the eyes of the shelter occupants. See then if they are so willing to persue their decision!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

whats worse than the suffering of the gas chambers is that many survive it only to be GASSED AGAIN. it is sick and cruel and wrong... and all so the workers wont "feel" anything as they take dozens of lives.

Michaela S.
Past Member 5 years ago

So in these so called shelters animals are either gassed to death or sold for animal research. A pet not only loses its home but then it is tortured to death in some hell hole. I find this absolutely unbelievable that something like this can be allowed anywhere, especially in a civilised country. I actually have no words to describe how I feel right now. 'Disgusted' doesn't even touch the surface.

mary r.
mary r.5 years ago

Gas chambers must be banned. No animal should ever be subjected to this kind of cruelty.