We all know that pet over-population results in many dogs and cats ending up in shelters and being euthanized. In an effort to help solve the problem, Washington state legislators are considering a novel approach: a tax on pet food.
The funds collected would be used to fund sterilization of feral and free-roaming cats, as well as help low-income residents with the cost of spaying or neutering their pets. Since the tax being proposed is pretty steep, the impact would reportedly be a significant increase in the cost per pound of dog and cat food.
The bill argues that solution to overpopulation is a statewide spay/neuter program that is paid for by the people most responsible for companion animals and the impact they have on the community, in other words, the owners of dogs and cats.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and other groups are against the bill, arguing that such a tax would put the burden of funding spay/neuter programs on the backs of responsible pet owners, which would be unfair and inappropriate. Conversely shelter organizations are generally in favor of the bill as a concrete way to address the pet over-population problem.
Read more about it at: http://www.savewashingtonpets.org