USA : pounds may sell animals to laboratories - Contact your local representatives and ask to ban pound seizure!
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local representatives and ask to ban pound seizure!
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AMERICAN ANTI VIVISECTION SOCIETY ARTICLE WINTER 2005
Pound Seizure Betrayal Beyond Belief
BAN POUND SEIZURE
Thousands of animals given up or lost appear in shelters every year
in need of safety and proper care.
However, in states that practice pound seizure, these animals may
find themselves in a laboratory instead. Pound seizure is the sale
or release of cats and dogs from a pound or shelter to a research,
testing, or educational facility.
The reguIation regarding this practice varies from state to state.
In three states-Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Utah - it is required that
publicly funded shelters and pounds sell dogs and/or cats to
institutions for experimental or educational purposes.
In states such as Ohio and Wisconsin a shelter does not even make
surrendered companion animals available for adoption but must provide
them directly to the institution upon request for the animals. Several
have no law either way regarding pound seizure, and often it is left to
discretion of local politicians.
In 1966, the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act, now known as the Animal
Welfare Act (AWA) was created to not only establish humane standards for
the care and transport of animals used in laboratories but also to
dealers who sell animals to research institutions. In 1990, an amendment
was added requiring shelters to hold animals for a minimum of five days
before being sold to a research facility to allow the animal guardians
to claim their companions.
The AWA, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), requires
that animal dealers be classified as Class A or Class B dealers. Class A
dealers are breeders, and Class B dealers may breed animals, but they
also purchase and sell live or dead animals obtained from many sources,
including pounds and shelters. Class B dealers are required to have
documentation assuring legal acquisition and a minimum holding time of
10 days following an acquisition before animals can be sold to a
facility. Although violating these regulations could result in a fine,
will try to obtain animals illegally and falsify the necessary document
By design, pound seizure distinguishes the credibility of shelters,
thought to be safe havens for animals in need. Further, animals
sold to dealers are docile and healthy, which would also make them
prime candidates for adoption if afforded the opportunity. Considering
that animals coming from a shelter were probably raised in a home, the
confines of a laboratory can be taxing on the animal~ mental and
states. Additionally, animals obtained from shelters have unknown
and medical histories which can have a significant impact on the outcome
of a particular experiment.
To learn more and find out if pound seizure is practiced in your state,
please visit www.banpoundseizure.org <http://www.banpoundseizure.org/> .
If pound seizure is being practiced
in your state, contact your local representatives about your opposition
this inhumane practice. AV
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