California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act
Introducing California Bill AB 366
California requires dogs and cats to live in cages in facilities where they are bled, sometimes for many years, before they have the chance of being placed for adoption.
In fact, California is the only state that requires this model, called “closed-colony blood banks.” Every other state utilizes a volunteer donor model, much like we do with people. Not only are these programs more ethical, but they can provide more diverse blood and can provide immediate blood when needed. Many of these volunteer programs also provide incentives to the donor families such as free or discounted veterinary care and free transfusions.
This bill can not only save lives, but will also ensure that dogs and cats are no longer held captive for their blood.
Dogs and cats kept confined not only suffer emotional and psychological trauma, but they suffer physical injuries by the very nature of how they are held. For example, a Texas blood bank was exposed and closed as a result of the treatment of the dogs.
More news to come and ways to help support this bill!
We thank Assemblymember Richard Bloom for authoring this bill!
This bill will ensure a phase out of the current closed-colony model and mandate a volunteer based blood donor program only.
Help us make this bill law so animals do not have to suffer to help other animals!
"Animals whose blood is collected for transfusions belong in loving homes, not cages. As more veterinarians develop ethical blood-collection practices and more clients ask for and support them, fewer animals will be incarcerated in cages and used as living blood bags.” Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DACVA, DACVB
More information about Closed Colony Canine Blood Banks
What is a closed colony blood bank?
This is a place where animals are held captive for their blood to be sold. The animals can be confined for years on end being constantly bled. Some facilities have an adoption program but these animals are only adopted if there are homes for them, otherwise they are euthanized or sold to another facility.
While Greyhounds are not the only breed used for donor blood, they are the breed primarily used because most of them have a universal blood type. Greyhounds, next to Beagles, are quite possibly the most exploited of the canine breeds. First, they are used in the racing industry where they have been locked up and used for “sport,” then then sold to facilities to be bled, where they are again locked in cages and muzzled. Greyhounds have a wonderful temperament so they do not attack when restrained for blood. They are exploited for the very reason they are loved.
"The primary justifications provided for captive donor programs do not appear to be valid, and the implementation and maintenance of such programs should be strongly discouraged in almost all instances. This is especially true of for-profit entities, in which ownership of donors by the blood bank creates an inherent conflict of interest. Community-based programs can provide an affordable, safe, and reliable blood supply while reducing the risk of exploiting animal donors. Nonprofit animal blood banks are well received by their respective communities. The nonprofit status of the blood bank encouraged donor participation and created the opportunity to engage the community in programs such as the Pet First
Aid program.” Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.