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Michigan Senate bans gas chambers at animal shelters

Michigan's capitol
Michigan's capitol

LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan Senate has voted unanimously to ban the use of poisonous gas chambers to euthanize animals at local shelters.  The legislation would instead require the use of lethal injections at animal shelters that euthanize unwanted stray dogs and cats.

Supporters say the injection method is more humane.  The legislation, which is sponsored by Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, now heads to the House.

Similar bills have previously been met with resistance, but Jones says he has addressed issues from farmers and veterinarians concerned over setting a dangerous precedent.