I read this on the Alley Cat Rescue blog, and am reprinting in whole here:
Lastly, we learned of the latest in the battle facing animals, and this comes from somewhere unexpected California may become the first state to tax veterinary services. That’s right! Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to use tax money to help the states budget crisis by taxing so-called “luxury” items such as amusement parks, sporting events, golf, and vet services.
Everyday ACR receives calls from individuals surrendering their pets because they can no longer afford them in today’s economy, so just think how many more pets are likely to be given up or how many will simply forego a trip to the vet, if this bill is passed.
In an online article, Judie Mancuso, president of Social Compassion in Legislation said this, “Our companion animals are family members, and taking care of their health is a responsibility, not a discretionary spending decision like golf or furniture repair.” ACR fully agrees with her statement. If passed by the legislature, the tax will be about 9% and will take effect Feb. 1, 2009.
To stop this legislation and to tell Gov. Schwarzenegger that companion animals are family not luxury items, please contact his office at:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: http://gov.ca.gov/interact#email (follow this link to the contact form)
For your convenience, you can send a letter automatically through the ASPCA website.