Success: Michigan County Bans Gas Chamber Euthanasia


Target: Berrien County Commissioner, Mac Elliot

Goal: Praise Berrien County for banning euthanasia of animals in gas chambers.

Inhumane animal euthanasia, such as the use of gas chambers, is still a common practice in some parts of Michigan. Gas chamber euthanasia is the cruel practice of locking animals in a box with carbon monoxide that causes the innocent animal to panic and suffocate. The majority of the world now prefers the more humane lethal injection for animal euthanasia, but not all states have joined in on that view. Berrien County in Michigan was one of the last two counties in the entire state that still used gas chambers, but not anymore. On August 27, 2015 the Berrien County Board of Commissioners all voted on a resolution that orders that lethal injection be the only standard form of euthanizing animals. Berrien County will permanently stop all uses of gas chambers as a form of euthanasia at its animal control facility in about three months.

This decision was reached by the support of the Berrien County community and many petitions, including this petition from ForceChange that called for an end to gas chambers in Michigan. Sadly euthanasia by gas chambers is still considered legal in Michigan despite the fact that the majority of the state does not use it. Nonetheless, it is a hopeful sign to see that now almost all of the counties are choosing to end the use of gas chambers on their animals.

Berrien County is now working on building a new shelter for their animals. Commissioners are hoping that a better facility will improve the county’s animal control practices overall. Please sign this petition to thank Berrien County for abandoning gas chambers as a form of euthanasia.


Dear Commissioner Mac Elliot,

Animal supporters celebrated a huge victory now that Berrien County in Michigan has decided to end the cruel use of gas chambers as a form of animal euthanasia. Berrien County was one of the last two counties in Michigan that still used gas chambers to euthanize animals.

The Berrien County community worked really hard to make this effort possible for the animals. If an animal absolutely needs to be put down for medical reasons, then it needs to be done in a humane manner. It is great that Berrien County is now adopting new ways and techniques to take care of their animals. Hopefully, all of Michigan will soon give up using gas chambers as a standard form of euthanasia.


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  1. doris hufnagel says:

    It is the 1st time I heard about gas chambers to execute animals. The last time I remember gas chambers being used for humans under Hitlers regime. Did the US copy????

    I am shocked and I won t praise anybody who give up this method under pressure.

    Shame and blame my only comment :_(((((

    A question, what animals get euthanasia (almost this word makes me sick)????

  2. Great news — now to BAN euthanasia, the killing of all healthy and treatable animals once and for all. There should be no such thing as killing healthy and treatable animals in ANY shelter in each and every state.

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