CALIFORNIA: End the captivity of dogs and cats for their blood

In California, a bill to end the long-term confinement of dogs and cats in closed colonies to serve as captive subjects to obtain blood for veterinary needs has been introduced in the state legislature—and it needs your help right now to progress!

AB 366, the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, will be heard by the Assembly Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday, April 10. 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. 

BILL AB 366 will be heard by the Assembly Committee on Agriculture on April 10 at 1:30 pm, at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Room 126.

Please call the members of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture to voice your support for this bill—the time to speak up is NOW!

Susan Talamantes Eggman (Chair) (Dist. 21)     (916) 319-2013
Devon J. Mathis (Vice Chair) (Dist. 2)     (916) 319-2026
Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry (Dist. 4)  (916) 319-2004
Jordan Cunningham (Dist. 35)  (916) 319-2035
Heath Flora (Dist. 12)  (916) 319-2012
Adam C. Gray (Dist. 21)   (916) 319-2021
Jacqui Irwin (Dist. 44) (916) 319-2044
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (Dist. 59)  (916) 319-2059
Marc Levine (Dist. 10) (916) 319-2010
Robert Rivas (Dist. 30)  (916) 319-2030
Rudy Salas, Jr. (Dist. 32)   (916) 319-2032

There are many other ways to support this legislation:

  • Attend the hearing in person to show your support for this legislation (only a limited number of people may present oral testimony pro and con, but everyone attending gives weight to the issue).
  • Send a written letter through the NAVS advocacy center.
  • Provide written testimony by creating or signing into your account—follow the prompts on the California Legislature website to submit your comments (the deadline is passed, but any comments will be entered into the record).
  • Share this message with friends and family and ask them to take action as well.

The deadline to make a difference in California is quickly approaching. Thank you for your urgent action to help get this legislation passed into law.  

This entry was posted in News on April 9, 2019.
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