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Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Bill Calling for More Humane Animal Blood Banking  

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By Lookout Staff

January 17, 2020 -- A Santa Monica lawmaker on Friday introduced legislation that will expand the pool of animal blood donors in California and make animal blood banking more humane.

Introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, AB 1953 allows veternarians to collect and sell the blood and blood products collected from dogs not confined to "closed colonies."

These colonies, Bloom said, "confine donor animals to cages and kennels for months or years."

Other states allow blood banks that operate in a community-based, voluntary setting that don't rely on confined animals, Bloom's staff said.

These programs "lead to greater access and reduced waiting times, which can be critical in emergency situations," staff said.

Such programs have already been established in many University-based veterinary teaching hospitals, including UC Davis, and at larger urban veterinary referral and emergency clinics.

“The legislature made progress during the last session to envision a path forward to expanding the supply of blood for dogs through a voluntary model similar to human blood banking,” Bloom said.

The former Santa Monica mayor said Governor Newsom has asked lawmakers to help him "craft a better balance to ensure that we transition away from the outdated and inhumane model into one we can be proud of.

"We can do so much better for the animals in our state and we will aim to craft a bill that balances animal welfare and the need for safe, essential animal blood,” he said.

AB 1953 is co-sponsored by the Beagle Freedom Project, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and Grey2KUSA.

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