The Michigan legislature adjourned at the end of December, 2014, failing to pass critical animal protection legislation. Grant’s Bill, SB 354 to end gas chamber use in Michigan shelters, had passed the Senate unanimously but died when the House Committee on Local Government failed to take it up. SB 285 and SB 286, which also passed the Senate unanimously and would have increased penalties for acts of cruelty to more than 25 animals, for knowingly harming a companion animal, for chronic violations of Michigan’s “Pet Shops, Dog Pounds, and Animal Shelters” law, and for domestic violence-related animal cruelty, died when the House failed to take them up for a final vote. And HB 5095, which would have enacted registration and modest standards for large-scale dog breeding facilities, passed the House but died when the Senate Agriculture Committee refused to hear it.
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