People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) praised the new law, citing it as a historic triumph for animal rights activists that have long fought for the phasing out of closed colony blood banks.
California is the only state in the country that allows animal blood to be sourced from these blood banks that kept animals housed in a facility for the sole purpose of collecting their blood. Hundreds of animals are caged in these facilities for years, sometimes for life, while their blood is routinely harvested.
PETA exposed one such facility in Garden Grove, California called Homepet, where massive amounts of blood from confined Greyhounds were regularly collected every 10 to 12 days. The blood is then sold to veterinary clinics all over North America and Asia.
Greyhounds in these warehouses are housed in very small cages that they can hardly move. They are only let out for about an hour every day for a walk and locked up for the rest of the day for several months, or for life.
Various skin diseases abound among dogs, and diseases, like anemia, are prevalent due to the constant bloodletting. Blood collected from the diseased dogs is still indiscriminately sold to unsuspecting veterinarians which would then be transferred to other dogs.