If you lost your pet and couldn't find him, would you want him to be sold for laboratory research?
In San Diego, through a Board of Supervisors' contract, the Department of Animal Control sells about 1,000 animals yearly to UC San Diego. This practice is called pound seizure.
Pound seizure is not needed for vital medical research. Hundreds of scientists have testified that pound animals are used in research because they are cheap--not because they are good models for humans. Pound animals are inappropriate for research, as their medical and genetic history is unknown.
Research will not go bankrupt if pound seizure is stopped. At UC San Diego only .08% of the annual research budget goes to purchase pound animals. Obviously, this amount is so small that even if it were to triple, the cost increase could be covered by a very modest budget increase. Plus, pound animals require expensive conditioning and many die before or during the research and thus their low cost is illusory.