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California’s new law will free ‘blood slaves’ donor dogs.

Greyhounds in their kennels at Hemopet in Garden Grove. (File photo Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Government Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would introduce major changes to the collection of blood from life-saving animals in California and ultimately free. “Blood Slave” Donor Dogs From imprisonment

Golden State long-time blood donors need to live in captive, closed colonies, where they bleed every two weeks to save the lives of other animals – and Make money for their guardians. Proponents of the model say it ensures a reliable blood supply and keeps it disease-free.

But opponents call the model cruel, inhuman, archaic and savage, especially since many donor animals are racing industry greyhounds who have already suffered. Activists called for a model more similar to the human blood donation system, where pets are brought in, health checks are done, blood is donated, and then they go home.

After coming close to signing the previous legislation several times over the years, Newsom signed a bilateral agreement. California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act., Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk, R. Santa Clarita, author, Saturday, October 9.

A plasma bag that was separated from blood donated by one of the many Greyhound dogs at Hemopet in Garden Grove. (File photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register / SCNG)

“I am delighted that we are finally on the path to a long-running inhumane exercise and a model program that will ensure proper treatment of animal blood donors in California,” Bloom said in a statement. ”

“This is a long delay and needs to be improved for commercial animal blood banks,” Volk said in a statement. “I’m glad to see this change – which will save the lives of pets – eventually become law.”

Not so fast

Closed colonies will not disappear immediately, and cannot.

The country’s two largest commercial blood banks – Animal Blood Resources International – with hemopit in Garden Grove and Bay Area facilities – provide the majority of animal blood products circulating in the United States. The new law will revoke their licenses when statistics show that voluntary collection produces animal blood like closed colonies.

It is hoped that the closed colonies will voluntarily relocate to the community collection before then. Hemopet and ABRI officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The new system will begin in the new year. Veterinarians can apply to start a community blood bank on January 1.

Neighboring healthy dogs and cats can then step in to lighten the burden of captive greyhounds, then go home with a packet of treats.

Shannon Keith, president of the Beagle Freedom Project, one of the organizations pushing for reform, said every other state in the country allows a model that has been successful and effective.

Judy Mencoso, one of the bill’s sponsors, founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation, said the bill would also bring much-needed transparency and oversight to the industry. California law protects closed colony blood banks from public scrutiny, keeping private records of blood production and animal welfare.

Carrie Drozd of Yuki Valley and Orion. (Courtesy of Kerry Drozd)
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