An estimated 4 shelters in Michigan are still using an inhumane gas chamber to euthanize animals. This method of killing has been banned for the worst serial killers on death row in the United States, yet officials still allow it to kill innocent homeless pets, including cats and dogs.
The picture above is of a friendly dog named Grant who was destroyed in a gas chamber at a Michigan animal control, despite efforts by rescuers. Named after this poor dog, “Grant’s Bills” (SB 423 and SB 424) would ban the use of gas chambers for all Michigan shelters and Class B Dealers who sell animals for research.
Gassing homeless dogs and cats to death is painful, cruel, and barbaric. It should be illegal in every state-in every country. Historically, this inhumane method of killing was used by the Nazis, and to this day is not allowed even for the punishment of our most severe serial killers. In many shelters, this cruel method of “euthanasia” involves placing animals in a gas chamber without sedation where they suffocate to death. In some pounds, cats are piled in with dogs, small dogs are mixed in with large dogs, and they all fight each other for the last breath of air.
What Animal Organizations Say About Gassing
The Association of Shelter Veterinarians has stated, "...the use of carbon monoxide for individual or mass companion animal euthanasia in shelters is unacceptable due to significant humane, operational and safety concerns." Please read their document available online at: http://www.sheltervet.org/associations/4853/files/CO%20Position%20Statement.pdf
HSUS states, "Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is, without question, an unacceptable method of euthanasia in states where shelters can legally obtain and administer sodium pentobarbital." Source: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resource_library/policies_and_guidelines/statement_on_euthanasia.html
IT'S LONG PAST DUE TO SHUT DOWN THE INHUMANE AND BARBARIC PRACTICE OF GAS CHAMBER KILLINGS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO TELL MICHIGAN POLITICIANS TO APPROVE BILLS SB 423 and SB 424 NOW.
Gas chambers have been outlawed in 19 states and are considered barbaric and inhumane. There is no excuse to gas shelter pets to death when there are humane and less expensive options readily available to all Michigan shelters.
Please vote YES for SB 423 and SB 424 to ban the inhumane killing of homeless pets.