Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom introduced Assembly Bill 366 on Monday, also known as the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, which is aimed at allowing animal blood banks in California to utilize a more humane donor blood collection system for dogs and cats.

Did you know that existing California law requires animal blood banks to collect blood exclusively from ‘closed colonies’ – which confines donor animals to cages and kennels for months or even years. While other states allow blood banks to collect animal blood in a voluntary setting.

Volunteer animal blood donor programs have recently been established in many University-based veterinary teaching hospitals, including UC Davis, as well as veterinary referral and emergency clinics.

Original Article: Fox 11