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Pending Legislation Would Ban Gas Chambers at Michigan Animal Shelters

Plus other companion animal protection bills the Michigan Legislature is currently considering.

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By Jenny Kalish 

Animal advocates across the state are lobbying Michigan lawmakers to pass a number of important companion animal protection bills.

Senate Bill 354 would ban the "gas chamber" as a method to euthanize animals.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Local Government. 

Senate Bill 560 has four components. If passed, it would:

  • Require breeders with more than 15 female breeding dogs to register with the State of Michigan and create humane guidelines, such as requiring breeders to vaccinate their dogs and treat them for parasites.   
  • Require that when euthanasia is necessary at a shelter, pet store or large-scale breeding facility, the procedure must be performed in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines.
  • Limit commercial breeders to keeping no more than 50 breeding female dogs.
  • Reduce the hold period in shelters for animals who are not owned to make it easier for shelters to place animals into new homes quickly and serve additional animals in need.

Two other pieces of legislation being considered, Senate Bills 285/286, would increase penalties for deliberate cruelty, including for cases involving large numbers of animals and for breeders and pet stores.  

Do you think the use of gas chambers in animal shelters should be banned in Michigan? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

You can also contact your state Representatives at house.michigan.gov, or your state Senators at senate.michigan.gov, to let them know whether you support these bills.
lisa mark January 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Put the greedy breeders and people that are cruel to animals in the gas chamber not the helpless animals!!!!It makes me sick to see or hear of animal cruelty!!!!While we do everything possible to give our pet a good life others mistreat or throw them away like trash!!!!!!If you can not take care of an animal the way they deserve don't have them!!!!!
Robert February 26, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Nicole, I'm confused as to why you think breeders are the problem. I'll admit that I do not follow the issue much, but isn't the concern over animals in the shelter, and not breeders? Something that I am fully aware of is the fanatics who operate shelters in Michigan. It's easier to adopt a child than it is to adopt a pet. You have to fill out a form, present ID, etc... Just to look at potential pets. Then if you do find one your interested in you have to pay, pay, pay$$$$. This to me is a money making scheme. One which drive me to simply find a dog on Craigslist for much cheaper.

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