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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