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From Animals in Print 5 January 2001 Issue:


Many of us may never have considered where animal blood comes from when needed by veterinarians for surgery or other medical procedures. The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights states that donors should be companion animals who are brought into veterinary clinics for the donation procedure. If this is not possible, the time as donor should be finite and short.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in Glenn County, California, where several blood bank kennels warehouse unwanted dogs and cats for years at a time. Of course, animals confined indefinitely like this live miserable and lonelylives.

Within the last 10 months, three eyewitnesses have publicly come forward alleging that one blood bank proprietor, Matt Barkley, has hung dogs by the neck, choking them into unconsciousness. Mr. Barkley has even admitted to hanging one dog as part of "training," according to Glenn County

Chief animal control oficer in local news reports. This is a direct violation of the California Penal Code prohibiting cruelty to animals. Despite testimony from all three witnesses, Glenn County

District Attorney Robert Holzapfel refuses to press charges. Please join us in asking Mr.Holzapfel to uphold the law. Write polite letters to:

Mr. Robert Holzapfel Glenn County District Attorney P.O. Box 430 Willows, CA 95988

In addition, please help cut off the supply of animals to blood bank kennels by writing to the Butte County Humane Society. This animal shelter has "adopted" out more than 100 animals to these kennels. The humane society has recently placed a moratorium on the release of homeless animals to blood banks and is considering putting an end to the practice permanently. Please urge it to do so by contacting:

Ms. Sandy Carnahan Executive Director Butte County Humane Society 2579 Fair St. Chico, CA 95928

(Info. from: PETA via S. )

Here is a website for an animal blood bank, for those of you who are interested:

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