A new law in California will phase out the practice of getting blood donations for animal hospitals from caged dogs. This horrible practice involved keeping caged dogs at two large facilities for months or years at a time. They would have their blood taken regularly so it could be purchased and used by veterinarians.
Animal rights groups have accused these facilities of mistreating the dogs. However, the facilities are protected by the law and do not have to show documents or state inspection records.
Under the new law, California will not use caged dogs. It will instead set up dog blood banks, like the ones used for humans. This will allow owners to bring their dogs to donate blood in a much less stressful environment. Once there is enough blood, the “closed-colony” facilities will be shut down within 18 months.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), the bill’s author, said, “These community blood banks for animals are similar to human models in that they collect blood from pets whose owners voluntarily consent to the donation. California is the only state in the country that requires animal blood to come from so-called closed colonies that keep hundreds of animals confined for years for the sole purpose of harvesting their blood.”
This law will make California a safer place for all dogs, and ensure more dogs get the love and care that they deserve.
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