Update 2-20-09: The California Legislature has passed a 17-month budget that does not include the proposed taxation of veterinary services. The California Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of the United States have thanked Governor Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature for their response to the public opposition to the proposal, according to a press release on PR Newswire. We won!
At the same time when financial difficulties, job losses, and losses of homes have led more people than usual to abandon their pets to local humane societies, California's governor is proposing to raise funds by a new sales tax on veterinary services, making it more expensive and thus more difficult for people to keep their pets.
And that is at the same time as donations to animal shelters are drying up, making it difficult for them to take the pets whose owners can no longer afford to keep them or provide them with the veterinary care they need. For more on the difficulties already facing pet owners and shelters, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, for a few of the many articles about this problem.
The San Diego Humane Society has posted its letter to the governor opposing the planned veterinary tax.
Care2 has an action page with names, addresses, and fax numbers of California legislative leaders for use in sending them fax transmittal letters opposing the planned veterinary tax.
An easy way to oppose the plan is by a quick phone call to the governor's office's automated survey line:
Then press: 1 5 1 2
What you are pressing for are:
1 for English.
5 for the veterinary tax proposal.
1 to choose that you're calling about the veterinary tax proposal.
2 to oppose the tax.
Act now. Animal owners, shelters and rescue organizations are already stretched too thin in caring for animals in an economic crisis. This is not the best way to raise taxes.