Pound Seizure Ends in Utah!

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Pound Seizure Ends in Utah!

[Ed. Note: Read How Much Do You Know About Pound Seizure?]

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
March 2011

Thanks to more than 100,000 compassionate people who took part in our campaign, the University of Utah (the U) has announced that it will no longer purchase dogs and cats from the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS)―or any other animal shelter—for use in cruel and deadly experiments!

This tremendous victory for animals marks the end of "pound seizure" in the state of Utah.

PETA's shocking investigation at the U gave the public a first-hand look at what happened to these unfortunate animals and has prompted an enormous change in the treatment of animals in Utah. For decades, the U had purchased hundreds of lost, abandoned, and stray cats and dogs from shelters only to torment them in experiments in which they were cut open, drilled into, injected with chemicals, otherwise abused, and killed. Soon after we broke our case, the shelter selling the most animals to the school ended the practice and Utah legislators amended state law so that government-run animal shelters could choose not to sell animals for experimentation.

NUVAS was the only shelter in the state of Utah that still sold animals to laboratories, until now. Because of your efforts and the U's new policy, no more homeless cats and dogs in Utah shelters will meet this cruel fate and instead will have a real chance at finding a loving home.

The U's decision on pound seizure also appears to have led it to find more humane research methods. Instead of repeatedly forcing tubes down shelter cats' throats in a cruel and crude intubation training course, the scheduled animal laboratory was recently canceled after PETA protests, and modern simulators of human infants were used instead.