From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 1997:
The Commiossioners Court of Harris
County, Texas, voted 3-2 on March 31 to stop
selling animals to biomedical research, on a
motion by Commissioner Steve Radack.
Commissioner Jerry Eversole and County
Judge Robert Eckels also favored the resolution,
ending a 25-year-plus history of rejecting such
motions, as offered from the floor, 5-0.
Euthanizing as many as 80,000 animals a year,
Harris County sold 791 animals in 1996, less than
half as many as it 1994, earning $32,000.
The trustees of the Bernice Barbour
Foundation, a major funder of humane society
special projects, voted in March “to fund only
programs of organizations which spay/neuter animals
before adopting them out. We feel it is most
important that animals being recycled by shelters
and humane groups,” sccretary/treasurer E v e
Lloyd Thompson told ANIMAL PEOPLE, “or
being shipped into eastern humane societies to fill
requests by the public for puppies for adoption,
do not have the opportunity to reproduce.”