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A Legislative Solution for funding the Spaying and Neutering is now in Place in Several States but BIG Business Would rather be Greedy!! Does it Surprise You?

Sunday, May 19, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If we reduce the number of dog and cat litters, we will reduce the number of suffering and homeless animals.  Several states have created and expanded state spay/neuter programs. Maine successfully has  the program in place and other states are following it’s lead.  Unfortunately, state bills to create the programs are facing still opposition  (from all industries) the pet food industry. A state-levied surcharge on pet food is used to finance a spay/neuter program. The pet industry fought against this in the state of Maryland but they lost. The Maryland bill passed in APril 2013.

The surcharge works by requiring pet food manufacturers pay an annual $100 registration for each brand they sell in a particular state. This will bring about $1million dollars yearly to fund spaying and neutering.  If the pet food industry chose to pass this expense on to their customers, it would cost cat owners a mere 26 cents and dog owners 50 cents per animal per year.

This should be a no brainer. A pet food surcharge is a reliable, substantial and sustainable source of revenue to fund state run spay/neuter programs. Pet owners are willing to pay pennies pet year to greatly reduce animal suffering. What’s the problem with the big pet food companies. This country runs a greed!! It’s really a shame! The way people think in this country is truly unbelievable!!!

Remember, your pets count!

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