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Pet Owners Avoid a Tax on Their Pet's Health Care in California's Budget
Date:2/19/2009

State Veterinary Association and nation's largest animal protection group say taxing pet and food animal health care would create hardship for pet owners, increased pet abandonment and public health concerns

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and The Humane Society of the United States today thanked Governor Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature for responding to the public's opposition to a tax on veterinary care.

The state Legislature passed a 17-month budget that did not include the governor's earlier proposal to broaden the sales and use tax to include veterinary services.

Leaders of the two organizations that work on behalf of animals and those who care for them expressed their appreciation for the final outcome regarding taxation of veterinary services in the budget bill.

"Requiring pet owners to pay a tax to care for their animals is bad public policy," said William Grant, II, DVM, president of the CVMA. "We are pleased members of the 'Big Five', including the governor, recognized that and the proposed tax was removed from the final budget bill."

"On behalf of our 1.3 million California constituents, we are very grateful to California's leaders for recognizing the financial injury associated with the proposed Fido Fine," said Sacramento-based Jennifer Fearing, chief economist for The HSUS. "This tax would almost certainly have resulted in less medical care for animals and more dogs and cats landing in animal shelters. It was a flawed idea that would've been a step backward in the otherwise progressive trajectory toward more humane treatment of animals in our state."

Thousands of Californians called an automated phone number established by the governor's office to allow residents to express their support or opposition for the governor's proposal to tax veterinary services
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