Who would ever think that it would be necessary to rescue shelter pets from ending up in animal testing laboratories? Your local shelter, the one where you may have adopted a dog or brought in a lost dog you saved from the streets, could be selling pets to research labs and medical facilities for testing and experimentation. Certain States have in the past required that pets not adopted be sent to labs (Iowa*, Minnesota, Ohio*, Oklahoma, Utah). Oklahoma still does.
You might be thinking, this is ridiculous, how could such a practice be legal. It’s not something you see advertised anywhere as part of a shelter’s function. Yet it is legal — in more than 30 States. How long has this been going on? How can we end it?
*If requested by research facility
Understanding Pound Seizure
Allie Phillips, attorney, volunteer and author of the award winning book How Shelter Pets Are Brokered for Experimentation, Understanding Pound Seizure, sat down with me to talk about shelters selling pets into research and the story behind it. Having had a cat taken from her arms by what is known as a Class B dealer during her volunteer shift at the local shelter, Allie got to the bottom of what was going on in the industry. Her book gives us a look inside this practice, what must be the worst kind of living nightmare for the animals hauled off to a laboratory.
Join us in this lively and informative interview, discover what’s happening in this field and how you can help end this practice. Check out the map of pound seizure States at the book title link — is your State listed? You can check out Allie’s Facebook page here. Rescue shelter pets from animal testing and help end this State-sanctioned cruelty.