Victory! Greyhound Industry Adopts Blood Bank Policy After PETA Exposé

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Victories keep coming for greyhounds following PETA’s exposé of the filthy, abusive Pet Blood Bank in Cherokee, Texas.

Now, the National Greyhound Association (NGA) has barred its members from sending greyhounds to any blood bank operations that haven’t been verified by the organization. The NGA must approve the use of any members’ greyhounds for blood draws and prohibits the dogs from being used for blood banking for longer than 18 months or past age 7. All greyhounds used for blood collection must first be spayed or neutered and examined by a veterinarian. They must be examined again—and their condition must be documented—after they’ve been used for blood draws, and they must then be placed in a home.

This new policy will help prevent more of these gentle dogs from enduring neglect and misery like that PETA documented at The Pet Blood Bank. Dogs trapped in this hellhole were sentenced to “live” in filthy kennels, with just old chemical tanks as protection from the elements. Some were even denied water and much-needed medical care. Workers snared dogs with a homemade catchpole and drained them of so much of their blood that some were too weak even to walk.

Following PETA’s exposé, the facility shut down, more than 150 dogs are now headed to loving homes, and the fate of dogs warehoused in commercial blood banks is finally receiving the attention that it deserves from veterinarians and guardians.

Help Stop Abusive Animal Blood Banks

Please, share this information with your veterinarian. Tell him or her that you don’t want to support this abusive, secretive industry and ask that he or she obtain animal blood only from verified voluntary donors and blood drives.

 

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind