Name: California Pet Blood Bank Revisions
Bill Number: SB 1115
Just as humans may require blood transfusions due to injury or surgery, animals are often in need of an available supply of blood for their medical treatment. Currently, the California Veterinary Medical Practice Act requires animal blood banks for dogs and cats to collect blood exclusively from “closed colonies.” California’s two animal blood banks confine donor animals—mostly greyhounds who are no longer used for racing because they have universal blood for dogs—to cages, where they are held and bled, sometimes for many years, before they have the chance of being placed for adoption. These dogs and cats not only suffer emotional and psychological trauma, but they suffer physical injuries because of the deplorable conditions in which they are held at some of these facilities.
California is the only state that still requires closed colonies to obtain animal blood. Every other U.S. state utilizes a volunteer donor model, where individuals offer to have blood drawn from their own companion animals to donate to a blood bank. These programs do not rely on confined animals and lead to greater access and reduced waiting times for blood, which can be critical in emergency situations.
SB 1115 would change the definition of “commercial blood bank” to exclude a “captive closed colony.” However, that definition would not go into effect until an equivalent amount of blood collected by these facilities has been obtained through voluntary donations to veterinary facilities, to ensure a viable long-term supply of blood for veterinary use. This bill is moving forward and is scheduled for a hearing on March 31.
The important issue is to end the use of captive closed colonies in order to obtain blood for veterinary use.
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Support an end to the use of captive colonies for commercial animal blood banks
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for SB 1115, which would change existing California law that requires animal blood banks to collect blood exclusively from "closed-colonies." Closed colonies confine donor animals to cages, where they are bled, sometimes for many years, before they have the chance of being placed for adoption. These animals suffer emotional and psychological trauma, while many suffer physical injuries because of the deplorable conditions in which they are held.California is the only state that still requires this model. Every other U.S. state utilizes a volunteer donor model, much like we do with people. These programs do not rely on confined animals and lead to greater access and reduced waiting times, which can be critical in emergency situations. Please support legislation to end the use of captive closed colonies for veterinary blood supplies and let California join the rest of the country in not harming animals in order to help other animals in need of life-saving blood.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]