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Last Chance for Animals' Undercover Investigation
Last Chance for Animals' Undercover Investigation Into Rendering Facility Illustrates Dog and Cat Overpopulation Problem -- Aids California Spay and Neuter Bill -- AB1634
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LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Over 30,000 animals are rendered each year in Los Angeles alone, almost 18,000 of these coming from L.A. shelters. Undercover footage taken by Last Chance for Animals' (LCA) Special Investigations Unit of the largest companion animal rendering facility in Los Angeles illustrates the dog and cat overpopulation issue. The California Spay and Neuter Bill, AB1634, will help put an end to this sad problem.
"The rendering of dog and cats is a direct result of the overpopulation problem. This footage is horrific. There are just too many dogs and cats and we humans are to blame. To think that most of these animals were once pets and are rendered as if they are mere trash. I put the blame on all of us. Support AB1634, the California Spay and Neuter Bill. We need to start treating our animals with honor and respect, the same way the animals treat us," said Chris DeRose, Last Chance for Animals, President & Founder.
LCA's undercover footage shows dead animals collected across Los Angeles County and beyond. All animals are then brought to the rendering facility and unloaded into "The Pit" (nicknamed by facility). All rendering facility trucks, private deliveries and city department trucks unload into "The Pit," a large area of cement that is laden with various types of garbage, i.e. dogs, cats, horses, chickens, eggs, squirrels, card board, plastic bags, birds and assorted trash. All pit material is bull dozed into the grinder. The dark brown sludge that is produced from the grinder is put through the rendering process and then, according to undercover documents, sold to Asia for hog and chicken feed.
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Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national non-profit animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for almost 24 years. Founded and led by animal expert, author and actor, Chris DeRose, LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty, launching public awareness campaigns, pushing animal friendly legislation and helping prosecute animal abusers. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal. org.