Michigan Gas Chamber Ban: In the past six months, all four of the animal control shelters that had gas chambers (in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and most recently, Branch County) have announced their plans to end their use and move to the more humane and economical method of euthanasia by injection. So there are currently NO operating carbon monoxide gas chambers operating in Michigan animal shelters. But this does not mean that our work is done! There is nothing stopping another shelter from deciding to use a gas chamber at any time. Please stay tuned for more information on continuing efforts to prohibit gas chamber use statewide.
Michigan Puppy Mill Legislation: HB 4898 to regulate the operation of large-scale dog breeding facilities, sponsored by Rep. Mike McCready with co-sponsors Reps. Kurt Heise, Harvey Santana, Christine Greig, Klint Kesto, Ken Yonker, Ed Canfield, John Kivela, Gary Glenn, Mike Callton, Al Psholka, and Earl Poleski, passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on October 21, 2015 and now awaits a favorable vote on the House floor before moving to the Senate.
Don’t miss Taking Action for Animals (TAFA), the premier national conference for animal advocacy, from Friday, June 17 through Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. If you’re passionate about helping animals but don’t know where to start, TAFA is for you! TAFA brings together diverse individuals from across the country for a shared goal: to improve the lives of all animals. You’ll gain a better understanding of the many issues that animals face in our society, and you’ll learn that helping animals can begin right in your own home…your neighborhood…your community – with just a few rewarding and fun activities. From seasoned advocates to newcomers TAFA has something for everyone.