Berrien County Gas Chamber Debate

Berrien County, one of the last two remaining counties in the State of Michigan to use the gas chamber for euthanasia will be discussing the topic at their August 27th Commissioner Meeting.  The current Director, Val Grimes, is in favor of keeping the gas chamber however she is facing opposition from the community and some Commissioners.

We talked to Grimes, who states that they have been using the injection method for cats and dogs, rabbits, and other “easy” wildlife since 2013, but that wildlife, such as skunks, or animals that aren’t so easy are still euthanized in the gas chamber.

Considering that all but two other counties are no longer using gas chambers, and that 22 states have outlawed gas chamber euthanasia entirely, it’s clear that there are other safe and effective methods that are more humane than gassing animals.

The meeting begins at 8am on Thursday, August 27th at the Berrien County Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph, Michigan.  This meeting is open to the public.

Berrien County residents who have concerns should feel free to contact your Commissioner and let them know how you feel about the use of the gas chamber in your county.

Related Information:
Berrien County Commissioners
Animal Sheltering Magazine: Carbon Monoxide Gas Chamber Fact Sheet
American Humane Association: Stop Gassing
American Veterinary Medical Association: Gas Chamber Debate


  1. Delores lowis says:

    I urge you to join almost every county in MI and eliminate the cruel gas chambers for animals. Thank you for your kind consideration for animals.


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