Louisiana’s Historic Animal Protection Law Statement

For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2019

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baton Rouge, La. – Below, please find a statement from PETA re the historic animal protection bill, signed into law by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, that prohibits shelters from selling live animals to laboratories for experimentation and bans shelters from accepting homeless animals to be killed and their bodies sold to laboratories. This important legislation follows an exposé by PETA and a courageous whistleblower who exposed the “shelter” Companion Animal Alliance’s sales of living and dead dogs to the Louisiana State University (LSU) veterinary school for use in deadly classroom training exercises and other experiments.

PETA is celebrating this new law, which will spare dogs like Cajun, who was listed on a “rescue” site as “adopted” when, in reality, he had been sold to the LSU veterinary school for use in a deadly training lab. Now, facilities like the one PETA exposed—which is located on the LSU campus—can no longer take in animals and then use them to fulfill a laboratory’s demands. True shelters are safe havens where animals are spared suffering. PETA is grateful to Louisiana lawmakers for protecting dogs and cats from experimenters who see them as nothing more than tools for their nasty trade.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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