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USA : pounds may sell animals to laboratories - Contact your local representatives and ask to ban pound seizure!

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  • Alexandra Yurkiw
    ... From: meriem [mailto:sb299871@skynet.be] Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 7:36 PM To: Animal_Net Subject: USA : pounds may sell animals to laboratories -
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      From: meriem [mailto:sb299871@...]
      Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 7:36 PM
      To: Animal_Net
      Subject: USA : pounds may sell animals to laboratories - Contact your
      local representatives and ask to ban pound seizure!

      www.banpoundseizure.org <http://www.banpoundseizure.org/> .
      Email: <mailto:aavs@...> aavs@...
      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
      states
      have no law either way regarding pound seizure, and often it is left to
      the
      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
      regulate
      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
      time
      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
      proper
      documentation assuring legal acquisition and a minimum holding time of
      10 days following an acquisition before animals can be sold to a
      research
      facility. Although violating these regulations could result in a fine,
      some
      will try to obtain animals illegally and falsify the necessary document
      to a
      laboratory.

      By design, pound seizure distinguishes the credibility of shelters,
      which are
      thought to be safe havens for animals in need. Further, animals
      typically
      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
      physical
      states. Additionally, animals obtained from shelters have unknown
      genetic
      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
      to
      this inhumane practice. AV



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