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Victory! Utah Pound Seizure Stopped

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Posted March 1, 2011 by Ray Harkins

Following PETA’s undercover investigation and an intense year-long campaign, the University of Utah (also known as “the U”) has announced that it will no longer purchase dogs and cats from North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS)—or any other animal shelter—to be used in invasive and deadly experiments. Since the U was the last Utah purchaser of homeless animals for use in experiments, this victory means the complete end of “pound seizure” in the state of Utah!

PETA’s shocking investigation at the U in 2009 has prompted a sea change in the treatment of animals in Utah. Until then, public shelters were forced by law to sell animals to the U. Soon after we broke our case, the U was cited for nine violations of federal animal welfare laws, Utah legislators amended the state’s pound-seizure law so that government-run animal shelters could choose not to sell animals for experimentation, and the shelter that was then selling the most animals to the school ended the practice. A PETA lawsuit compelled a city to turn over records of the animals it sold to the U so that the public would know who these betrayed animals were. And who can forget Sheena, the loveable mutt whom PETA helped rescue from the U, where she would have gone under the knife, just in time for Christmas.


Sheena, outside, enjoying the snow.

The U’s decision appears to have already pushed it to find more humane research methods. Instead of repeatedly forcing tubes down shelter cats’ throats in a cruel and crude intubation training course, the scheduled animal laboratory was recently canceled after PETA protests, and modern human-infant simulators were used instead.

Now, animals entering the state’s animal shelters will no longer be betrayed by those who should help them, and Utah residents with missing dogs or cats can at least know that if their beloved animal companions make it to a shelter, they won’t be sold to laboratories, where they would experience lives filled with suffering and grisly deaths.

huge thank-you to all of you who asked the U and NUVAS to do the right thing by animals. This is a major victory, but there are still too many animals suffering in university laboratories—in MichiganSouth Carolina, and Ohio and in both Dallas and Galveston, Texas, just to name a few. So please keep speaking up until every cage is empty.

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny


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  • 1476 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ARRIBA PETAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! ARRIBA EL RESPETO POR LOS ANIMALES!!!!!!

  • 1489 days ago

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    YESSSS!!!!!!!!! :) :) <3 😀 😀 😀 😀 :*

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is AWESOME news! Well done everyone who put the pressure on these people to wake up and stop animal abuse. What a beautiful pup SHenna is too! :))))) Happy Days. WELL DONE!

  • 1501 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YEA FINALLY YOU MADE MY DAY. THANK YOU PETA FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR WHAT YOU DO TO HELP THESE POOR ANIMALS THAT WE ALL LOVE.
    Patricia Stanley

  • 1503 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So glad to hear this!

  • 1548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is, about time and should never have taken place in the first place. As far as the article on “no justice for the dog killed by the U” the university and the individuals that committed that criminal act should be held responsible.

  • 1550 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that is awsomeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • 1590 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thx god

  • 1599 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WOOHOO!!!!! I am sooooo happy! my dog is smiling :)

  • 1601 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Grazie!
    Tiziana
    Italia

  • 1601 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WOOOOOT WOOOOT!! Thank goodness, the university shouldnt have done it in the beginning!

  • Tu

    1601 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1601 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great! Thanks PETA and everyone who has taken action! :)

  • Zee

    1601 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yaaaaaay! 😀 Im Soooo Happyyy!

  • 1602 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank the LORD!!! Thank Peta for a job well done. May all these animals now have the life they so rightly deseve.
    People who are cruel to animals have no place on this earth. I wish I could have the opportunity to hand out some the evil behaviour they have bestowed on these beautiful creatures. I love to see them squirm.

  • 1602 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WOO-HOO!!! 😀 for the animals i give lots of love!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 for the people who tortured them, …………………./'¯/)
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  • 1602 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY! So happy to hear this!!

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    GRACIAS A DIOS!!! Y MUCHAS GRACIAS TAMBIEN A TODA ESA GENTE HERMOSA QUE LUCHA POR DEFENDER DÍA A DÍA LOS DERECHOS DE LOS ANIMALITOS!!! MI CORAZÓN REBOSA DE ALEGRÍA. DEMOSTREMOS QUE EXISTIMOS GENTE QUE DESEAMOS EL BIENESTAR DE LOS ANIMALES Y ROGAMOS TODOS LOS DÍAS PORQUE NO SUFRAN.

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YEH!!! Thank you!

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you, all of you who objected to North Utah Valley Animal shelter and the University of Utah’s vile treatment of these animals and stopped these disturbed primitives.

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY! This is great news! I live really close to the U and it’s great to know they made the change!

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you for helping these animals!!

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WOO HOO!!!!! THANK GOD! FINELLY THOSE BEAUTIFUL AND INOCENT ANIMALS ARE FREE FOR LIFE AND TO BE LOVED!!!!
    TEN WOO HOOS FOR PETA!!!!!
    WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Way to fight the power. I was very upset at hearing all the animals that were hurt as a result of that illegal and useless series of experiments. Im glad their activites were xposed and stopped. I hope they get sued back to the point of bankrupsy.

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    VICTOIRE!!!

    VICTORY!!!

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG i am so thankful that these poor animals are finally rescued from torture and death.

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My dog came from the pound! I saved her life! She came from Kentuckey!!

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Things like these are what makes me feel proud to be a Peta member.

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you God. Not all of us humans are cruel and vicious.
    I am curious if those ‘researchers’ from the ‘U’ go home at night and at bedtime tell their children how many poor, helpless animals they slaughtered that day to help them with their ‘humane’ research. No wonder so many children have nightmares. Why don’t those researchers have those nightmares? Or have they closed their minds to the horrible things they are doing to God’s other children. Hell has a special level just for these people, And when they get there, the first thing they’ll say is “Why am I being tortured? What harm did I do in my life?”

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks for PETA who really care.

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yay! I needed some good news today!

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow.

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YES YES YES. This has to be the BEST news this week for me for my boring sorry life.

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WOOOO~HOOO!!!!!

    HAAAAPY DANCE TIME!!!!!!!

    NOW FOR ALLL THE REST OF THEM NEXT!!!!!!!!

    GOD BLESS THESE ANIMALS!!!!!

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh Yes,,,now we’re talking! Glad to see we got a victory here….one for the good guys and the animals

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A great victory for all of us who believe in justice. The plight of any living creature is just as important as any other.These animal companions now have a chance at a peaceful life.No longer to be sold as raw material for the blood stained hands of vile vivisectors.

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for these poor little angels we have to protected them no abuse them THANK YOUUUUUUUUU

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  • M

    1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Unfortunately for other animals there, they are still doing lethal research. I recently interviewed for a position that does lethal experiments on pigs and sheep. Needless to say I am not taking that position. There are experiments on lower campus with rats. There are experiments on upper campus on horses, cows, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, rats, mice, fish, frogs, newts, and many others. I don’t think this has slowed them down. I am disgusted with my alma mater.

  • 1604 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yeesssssssss !!!!!!!!! wooo hoooooooo :)

  • 1605 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Woo hoo! Finally!!!! Lol

  • 1606 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    jeeej 😀

  • 1607 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank God.

  • Ann

    1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THREE CHEERS FOR ANIMALS AND PETA!

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    😛 To animal haters!

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is SUCH a relief… honestly, it was so heartbreaking to know that people were doing this.

    Really glad it’s over *-*

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!
    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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