Stop Gassing Animals in Branch County, MI
  • Petitioned Dale Swift

This petition was delivered to:

Branch County Commissioners
Dale Swift
Branch County Commissioners
Donald Vrablic
Branch County Commissioners
Rodney Olney
Branch County Commissioners
Randall Hazelbaker
District 58, Coldwater
Kenneth Kurtz
John Pollack
Branch County Commissioners
Jon Houtz
Branch County Animal Control
Michigan Governor
Michigan State Senate
Michigan State House

Stop Gassing Animals in Branch County, MI

    1. Melinda Vickery
    2. Petition by

      Melinda Vickery

      Coldwater, MI

ACO Linda Couldry:

“Dogs cry out in fear and whine and growl and fight desperately to get out!  Their bodies are trying to shut down and they don’t understand why.  The cats climb the cart walls, meowing continuously, crying pitifully.  Cats should not be put in a gas chamber with dogs, but since there are no standards and/or regulations enforced with respect to the use of the chamber, one can only guess what really goes on.”


American Humane Association believes that euthanizing shelter animals by carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide is inhumane to the animal and harmful to humans. American Humane Association considers euthanasia by injection (EBI) to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for all shelter animals. Please watch this video:

Most shelter workers 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 carbon dioxide gas chamber is inhumane to all animals, especially medium and large dogs, and is demoralizing to the shelter workers. Such outdated and cruel practices also create a public outcry and demean the very purpose of an animal shelter.


Eye Witness Acounts:

It is a national tragedy that 3 to 4 million shelter animals must be euthanized every year. Until a solution is reached, the final moments for these animals must be humane. That’s why American Humane Association is a leader in training animal welfare professionals on proper EBI techniques.

Banning Gas Chambers: A Fight You Can Help Us Win
Currently, only nine states have officially banned all forms of gassing for all types of animals in shelters: Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming. Starting in 2009, American Humane Association launched an intensive legislative initiative to ban gas chambers in animal shelters and will continue in this work until the gassing ends.

To help our efforts, American Humane Association recently commissioned a study comparing the cost of EBI and gas chambers that proves EBI is less costly to communities. Using data from an animal sheltering organization, the study shows that the cost to use carbon monoxide poisoning is $4.98 per animal. The cost to use EBI, however, is only $2.29 per animal. Download a copy of the EBI cost study.

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      Petition Organizer

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Berg HAYDEN, ID
      • 7 months ago

      This is beyond horrible and unnecessary !

    • Laurel Van Horn CULPEPER, VA
      • 8 months ago

      This is important to me because as humans we should be compassionate, nurturing, and caring towards those who are innocents and the most vulnerable in our society. It is tragic beyond belief that so many cats and dogs must be euthanized in our society, so why, why would people make their last moments so painful and horrible? What kind of people do these things and then go home at night to their families? This needs to end now!

      • 10 months ago

      because a death, where the air is gone or gas will come instead of air is horrible and really a bad bad and awful death.....never the less it is a cruel against the animals and i won't support that!!! never !!!

      • 10 months ago

      its sick and inhumane

    • Lisa Kart HONOLULU, HI
      • 10 months ago

      Besides being cruel, gassing costs more $.


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