For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2019
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Orange County, Calif. – Bodhi the greyhound recently took his first-ever trip to the beach, where he dug in the sand and splashed in the surf—but his life wasn’t always so blissful. As this new PETA video released today shows, he was one of approximately 200 greyhounds—most of whom were bred for and discarded by the racing industry—who were caged for up to 23 hours a day and bled every 10 to 14 days at a canine blood bank called Hemopet, which was exposed by PETA in October 2018.
Bodhi was at Hemopet for three years—but since he was adopted last year, he’s finally been able to run with other dogs at the park, go for walks in the woods, play with his toys, snuggle under a blanket, and bask in love and affection, which he was denied for years.
“Blood banks masquerading as ‘rescues’ use dogs just like Bodhi as living blood bags,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “His story illustrates exactly why PETA urges people to ensure that their veterinarians use blood only from donor dogs who live at home with their families.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a supremacist worldview. More information about PETA’s Hemopet investigation is available here.