Put an End to Gas Chamber Euthanasia


Target: Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder

Goal: Stop euthanizing dogs and cats by carbon monoxide.

Unbelievably, painful dog and cat euthanization is still commonplace in many counties around the country. There are currently four counties in Michigan that administer poisonous gases to end unclaimed shelter animals’ lives. Despite drafted legislation and a past petition to end this barbarity, death by gas chamber is still legal in Michigan. Humane methods of euthanization are readily available; gas-chamber death should be put to an end in Michigan.

So far, 22 states have made it illegal to murder animals in gas chambers. The Michigan counties of Berrien, Branch, Van Buren and Cass put death-row shelter animals in small hot boxes filled with carbon monoxide to initiate painful, slow death. There are many organizations in Michigan that strive to make lethal injection readily available for kill shelters. Lethal injection is much more humane than carbon monoxide—the injection is painless for the animal and ensures that he or she dies almost instantaneously. Whereas carbon monoxide takes up to 30 minutes to kill the animal victim, forcing it to die a painful, fully-conscious death.

Lawmakers have attempted to make carbon monoxide euthanization illegal in Michigan to no avail. They will not be dissuaded forever, however, and plan on reintroducing the proposed ban again. Until then, and to add momentum to the movement, sign this petition urging Governor Rick Snyder to consider a statewide ban on carbon monoxide euthanization.


Dear Governor Snyder,

Michigan counties Berrien, Branch, Van Buren and Cass all utilize carbon monoxide poisoning for shelter animal euthanization. This means that death-row animals are put in a small hot box, often will several other animals, to slowly die from carbon monoxide poisoning. The animals are conscious for up to 30 minutes, suffocating and slowly losing bodily functions. This is incredibly inhumane and should not be allowed.

Governor Snyder, I urge you to put an end to this barbaric practice and instead advocate lethal injection be used on death-row animals. There are numerous organizations that offer resources to shelters seeking to evolve to lethal injection. Death by lethal injection is quick and painless for the animal victim, making it a much more humane method of ending an animal’s life.

I urge you to support Senators Rick Jones and Rick Bieda; they have previously introduced legislation to ban carbon monoxide euthanization, though the bill did not pass the House. Please start this necessary conversation with your colleagues and put an end to carbon monoxide euthanization once and for all.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Rosemary Anderson says:

    Gas chambers are horrific torture chambers, how disgusting and backward that they are still used. What kind of cruel nmorons are you. You disgust me.

  2. KatWrangler says:

    Gas chambers are the chicken-shit way of killing cats and dogs. Instead of having to look that animal in the eye as you stick the needle in, all you do is fill up the death chamber, close the door, and start it up. Easy – for the humans involved. Total horror for the animals.

    Gas chambers are not even cost effective. So, get rid of them and put the saved money into spaying and neutering so we can stop having to kill unwanted animals.

  3. Adopt the darling animals out to a good home. There are lots of lonely people needing a FRIEND. It’s cruelty to use Gas chambers to kill these beautiful animals.

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