Mich. Senate Votes To Ban Gas Chambers In Animal Shelters

CBS Detroit

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

LANSING (AP) – The state Senate on Thursday voted to ban the use of poisonous gas to euthanize dogs and cats at animal shelters in an attempt to rid Michigan of four remaining gas chambers called barbaric by animal rights supporters.

The legislation, which passed 37-0 and now goes to the House, requires the use of lethal injections at animal shelters when dogs and cats are killed.

Though injection is the preferred method of the American Veterinary Medical Association, gas is used by shelters in four smaller counties in the southwest corner of the state: Berrien, Branch, Cass and Van Buren.

Eight of Michigan’s 83 counties were using gas chambers as recently as 2011, according to an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency.

“I wish no dog ever had to be put down, but if it has to happen we must ensure…

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