Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ASPCA speaks out against possible new veterinary service taxes


Dear California Advocates,

At a special legislative session held earlier this month to address the state's budget crisis, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed new taxes on certain services-- including an approximate nine-percent tax on veterinary services. If this should happen, it will have a negative impact on the health and welfare of California's pets.

During this economic downturn, animal owners are already being forced to make tough choices. Animal shelters are at capacity, but the number of homeless pets continues to rise as people lose their homes to foreclosure and unemployment rates climb. A tax on veterinary services will lead to a decline in routine wellness visits -- even by responsible owners -- which are vital for catching health problems in the early, treatable stages. It will also lead to an increase inpet abandonment, putting more financial strain on California's state-funded animal shelters. Taxing veterinary services is a quick-fix, short-sighted solution that will hurt animals and could cost the State more in the long run.

What You Can Do

Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to send a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger that asks him to delete the veterinary tax provision from his budget proposal.

Thank you for caring about animals, California!

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