Save our Pets from Onerous Taxes is a campaign initiated by the lobby organization for Big Pet Food, the Pet Food Institute. Although these campaigns appear to be consumer driven (“Save Our Pets…”), they are clearly corporate driven. Carefully crafted efforts protecting the interests of Big Pet Food.
One of you great animal lovers out there alerted me to this new effort from the Pet Food Institute (Thank you!). From the No Kill Allegany County (Maryland) website “There are indications that the pet food Industry is rearing it’s ugly head in the State of Maryland. It seems the Pet Food Institute, which is the voice of the pet food industry, has hired a lobbying and communication company for a large scale defamation campaign in order to stop the spay & neuter program in the State of Maryland. The lobbying company, Hubbell Communications, has done the same before in the State of Oregon and also tried in the State of West Virginia. They have created a Facebook page called SPOT Maryland.”
So what was the PFI fighting against in Maryland? An annual surcharge of $100 per each commercial pet food that would support the state’s Spay/Neuter Fund.
This was not a tax on “our pets” as the SPOT Campaign implies, it was a tax on pet food manufacturers. A tax needed to fund life saving spay/neuter programs in the state.
Seriously PFI? Seriously Big Pet Food? You oppose paying a mere $100 annual fee for each pet food you sell in Maryland that would help prevent the useless euthanasia of thousands of homeless pets?
Thank goodness, the PFI’s mission in Maryland didn’t get too far. The SPOT Maryland Facebook page only achieved 1,105 Likes and the bill was passed in mid-April 2013.
A website in support of the pet food manufacturer tax stated “Maryland shelters euthanize 45,000 cats and dogs every year at a cost of $8-9 million dollars to Maryland taxpayers.” Maryland Speaker of the House, Michael Busch, stated “Once Maryland Votes For Animal’s members explained to me the severity of Maryland’s homeless cat and dog problem, and how successful other states have been in reducing that problem and saving money by implementing a low cost spay/neuter program, I was convinced that it was something that we should be doing, and I wanted to help move it forward in our General Assembly.”
The bill will become law in Maryland in October 2013.
Pet Food Institute, it is time you think of the greater good instead of the profits of your pet food manufacturer members. Your members SHOULD pay up and help prevent the euthanasia of hundreds of thousands of homeless pets. There is no excuse.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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