In one year as many as 3200 bills are introduced in state legislatures around the country with an impact on pets, veterinarians, animal health and animal welfare. PetsPAC focuses on legislation that makes it easier to access pets, for those pets to access veterinary care, and to help you enjoy your pets throughout communities in the United States: where you live, work and play. We also are on the alert for potential laws that drive up costs of pet ownership. But our test always is to get involved only where we can make an impact on legislation with a realistic chance of becoming law.
What types of issues get our attention?
• Kentucky Legislature’s surprise decision (with no opportunity for public participation) to impose a 6% tax on companion animal veterinary services. Asking Kentucky pet owners to pay the bill for government services or programs just isn’t fair. We need to repeal this law.
• Bills increasing the costs of veterinary services through adoption of damages often seen in human medicine which send veterinarian’s insurance skyrocketing.
• Legislation attempting to drive pet owners away from veterinarians towards big box retailers for pet medications, with staff unfamiliar with pet needs and medical conditions.
• Positive legislation to mandate reporting of animal abuse that cannot seem to get the attention of state lawmakers.