Michigan Animal Legislation Update – January 2014

photo credit: blog.dockdogs.com

photo credit: blog.dockdogs.com

SB 354, “Grant’s Bill” to end the use of gas chambers in Michigan shelters, has passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and now awaits a hearing in the House Committee on Local Government. The legislature will convene for the new year on Wednesday, January 8, so please make a call to the committee’s chair, Rep. Amanda Price, at (517) 373-0838 before then to politely request that she schedule a hearing for SB 354 as soon as possible. Learn more at http://michigandersforshelterpets.org/grants-bill/.

SB 285 and SB 286 to increase penalties for animal cruelty passed the Senate by a unanimous vote of 38-0 on November 13. The bills amend the Michigan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure to add definitions for “breeder” and “pet shop” and to increase penalties for cruelty involving domestic violence and companion animals and cases with large numbers of animals. The bills now await a hearing in the House Committee on Criminal Justice.

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