California Greyhounds Will Soon be Safe from Blood Donor Program
Legislation/Policy Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM GREY2KUSA.org
October 2021

Companies like Hemopet took unwanted greyhounds from American racetracks and then sold their blood for millions of dollars. Thanks to animal advocates working together, this is now about to change.

Greyhound Buzz

Thanks to a three-year fight led by the Beagle Freedom Project and guided by Jennifer Fearing of Fearless Advocacy, racing greyhounds will no longer be held captive and forced to give their blood. California was the only state that allowed this cruel and outdated practice.

Greyhound blood cages
Greyhounds caged at Hemopet in Garden Grove

AB 1282, the Animal Blood Bank Modernization Act, championed by California Assemblymember Richard Bloom, implements a new system of voluntary community blood donation for veterinary needs. Commercial, closed-colony blood banks will be phased out. Importantly, the new law includes clear tracking language so that adoption efforts can be closely monitored.

GREY2K USA Worldwide was proud to be a member of the multi-group coalition that lobbied for the bill and wrote to Governor Newsom asking for his signature. We joined the California Veterinary Medical Board, the California Animal Welfare Association, Best Friends Animal Society, San Diego Humane Society, ASPCA, Valley Humane Society, Cruelty Free International, Animal Legal Defense Fund and others including In Defense of Animals and Project Minnie in coming together to help the greyhounds.

For decades, companies like Hemopet took unwanted greyhounds from American racetracks and then sold their blood for millions of dollars. Thanks to animal advocates working together, this is now about to change.


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