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More humane animal euthanasia options under consideration thanks to Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel

Rep. Vaupel bill allows more humane, safer option for animal euthanasia

Legislator, veterinarian testifies in Michigan House

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a long-time veterinarian, testified today on his legislation to provide more humane options for euthanizing badly injured or sick animals.

Vaupel’s legislation is under consideration in the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee.

“The whole object of this legislation is to make the process more humane for animals and safer for handlers,” Vaupel, of Fowlerville, said after his testimony. “We had a lot of input on this bill to make sure those goals are achieved.”

Vaupel, a veterinarian since 1967, worked with the Michigan Humane Society, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and other groups while putting together his legislation.

The bill would expand tranquilizer options used early in the euthanasia process to better calm and immobilize animals when needed.

“In cases where an animal is badly injured or very sick, and very aggressive, the use of an immobilizing tranquilizer is a more humane method of restraint than might otherwise be available,” Vaupel said. “It also is safer for the people handling the animals.”

Vaupel’s bill would require training for those using the tranquilizers.

House Bill 4813 remains under consideration in the Regulatory Reform Committee.

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