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Victory: Utah Votes to End Mandatory Cat and Dog Pound Seizures

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Posted March 29, 2010 by Ray Harkins

Update: On Saturday, March 27, Utah’s governor signed the bill into law, formally amending the state’s pound-seizure law. This means that animal shelters are no longer required to turn over animals for use in cruel experiments. Hooray!

Thanks in large part to e-mails, letters, and phone calls from thousands of compassionate supporters, Utah legislators voted by an overwhelming majority to amend a state law so that government-run animal shelters will not be forced to sell dogs and cats to laboratories for use in cruel and deadly experiments upon request. Once the governor signs the bill, Utah will no longer carry the shame of being one of only three states in the country that still requires animal shelters to engage in this cruel practice. The new law also lengthens the required holding period for animals in shelters and requires shelters to make greater efforts to find the guardians of lost animals.

These positive changes come on the heels of a recent PETA undercover investigation inside laboratories at the University of Utah. The shocking investigation revealed that each year, more than 100 homeless cats and dogs from government-run animal shelters in Utah are sold to the university for use in invasive, painful, and deadly experiments. In one instance, the university bought a pregnant cat from a local animal shelter and injected chemicals into her kitten’s brains, causing fluid to build up inside their heads. All the kittens died.

With this new law, companion animals in Utah—and the people who care for them—can rest a little easier.



Please take a moment to contact the University of Utah and urge it to stop buying animals from animal shelters once and for all.

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  • 1957 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ya very true…m just fed upp now….i wish they all go thru the same thingg…..

  • 1958 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    its so horrible what a disgrace

  • 1959 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THESE PEOPLE ARE HEARLTESS C*CKSUCKERS AND I HOPE THEY SUFFER THE SAME FATE ONE DAY!!

  • 1959 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am sick of tired of people killing animals.. why the American allow it.. the should stop now.. Please no more killing let love one another!

  • 1980 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It helps because adopting animals requires filling out paperwork, paying adoption fees, and possibly background check. Before they could just make the shelter hand over the animals but now they would have to fill out the paperwork, pay money, etc.

  • 1981 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    where we going next

  • 1981 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    how does this stop them from just going in and picking them up like everyone else though?
    the animals still are not safe.
    I don’t see how this truly makes any difference guys.

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