Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Goal: End the inhumane use of gas chambers to euthanize homeless animals
In March, the Board of Commissioners in Gratiot County, Michigan, voted to end the use of gas chambers to euthanize homeless animals. However, four counties in the state still use this inhumane method of euthanasia. Tell Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to support Grant’s Bill and end the use of gas chamber euthanasia at all homeless shelters and dealers of homeless pets.
Grant’s Bill is named after a dog who was killed in a gas chamber in 2008 despite several attempts to rescue him. If it passes, Grant’s Bill would require homeless shelter and Class B dealers (businesses that buy homeless pets from the pound and sell them to research facilities) to use sodium pentobarbitol, a more humane method of euthanasia supported by various animal welfare and veterinary groups. An article on National Geographic’s website describes the brutal scene that occurs when homeless animals are gassed using carbon monoxide. Dogs and cats are often rounded into a hot, cramped room and begin to panic at the sound of hissing gas. They often fight with and claw at each other before they succumb to dizziness, unconsciousness and finally, death. It may take up to 25 minutes for the animal to die
Sodium pentobarbitol injections, on the other hand, are quick and nearly painless if done correctly. The website for Grant’s Bill also notes that carbon monoxide gassing is more expensive and poses a risk to employees. It also points to the numerous resources for getting trained in the administration of sodium pentobarbitol. It is unfortunate that we live in a world where homeless pets must be euthanized at all. Chances for adoption should be exhausted before any animal is killed. But groups like the Humane Society agree that if we are to euthanize homeless pets, it should be done as humanely as possible. Tell Governor Snyder to support Grant’s Bill and join the thirteen other states that have outlawed gas chamber euthanasia.
Governor Rick Snyder,
Animals scored a big victory when Gratiot County outlawed the use of carbon monoxide gas to euthanize homeless animals in March. Unfortunately, four counties still use gas to kill homeless animals. Animals are often stuffed into a overcrowded, hot room and begin to panic as the gas is released. They fight with each other before succumbing to dizziness, unconsciousness and finally death. It can take up to 25 minutes for the animals to die.
However, Grant’s Bill, a bill proposed by the animal welfare group Michiganders for Shelter Pets, seeks to outlaw the use of carbon monoxide to euthanize pets and replace it with lethal injection using sodium pentobarbitol. Lethal injection is more cost-effective, safer for employees and relatively quick and painless. Training for administration of sodium pentobarbitol is readily available and the process can be done without veterinary supervision. It is unfortunate that our unwanted pets have to be killed at all, but if they are to be killed, it should be done humanely. Lethal injection has the support of animal welfare groups like the Humane Society as well as various veterinary groups. Please show your support for Grant’s Bill and end the cruel practice of gas chamber euthanasia today.
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