Local Group Campaigns to Stop Use of Gas Chambers

A local groups hopes some cute faces can change the law.

Michiganders for Shelter Pets has launched a photo campaign using cats and dogs to ask senators to ban the use of gas chambers for euthanasia.

It's a sad fact that thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Michigan but Holly Thoms wants to make sure no more die in gas chambers.

Holly Thoms, Board Member: Michiganders for Shelter Pets: “It can take up to 25 minutes for these animals to pass.”

That's why she's running a photo campaign, getting pet parents to send in pictures urging senators to act.

So far, nearly 200 people have contributed.

Thoms: “The thought to these people that they're animals could have been one of those that was in a gas chamber is pretty horrifying.”

Senator Rick Jones introduced two bills banning the use of gas chambers more than a year ago but they've been sitting in the Senate Agricultural Committee since then.

Sen. Rick Jones: “I have no idea why he wont take the final vote and get it passed, I think its certainly time for Michigan to ban this nasty practice.”

That's why Thoms is sending stacks of these photos to the committee chairman- everyday.

Thoms: “Since the thousands of phone calls and emails aren't getting to him that perhaps this pictures will really speak to him.”

And Senator Jones isn't giving up.

Sen. Jones: “If it doesn't pass this year, I will be back next year. there is no reason to continue this nasty way of euthanizing companion animals.”

But Thoms hopes these pets won't have to wait until next year.

Thoms: “We just hope that the legislators are listening.”

Because she says, the pets are speaking as loudly as they can.

Thoms says the only humane way to put an animal down is lethal injection.

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