Pet Lovers Urged to “Ride for Animals” Tuesday, April 12th at 9:45am.
SPECIAL INTEREST BILL S.687 PUTS VETERINARIAN PROFITS OVER PETS
If you love animals, this is one bus ride you cannot afford to miss. 50 people, who love animals, will leave from Charleston Animal Society tomorrow morning on a bus bound for the Statehouse in Columbia. That’s where a Senate sub-committee is hearing testimony on a bill brought by a special interest group funded by state veterinarians (Bill S.687).
A veterinarians special interest group is claiming the legislation will “improve the quality” of animal shelter medicine, when in reality, it is an attempt to stop shelters from offering affordable healthcare to everyday people like you. Here are the facts about the bill that the veterinarian’s special interest group DON’T want you to know:
• Animals you have seen in the news, like Caitlyn or Louie (found impaled on a tree), and Miles Davis (found living in a James Island closet) would likely die, INSTEAD of being saved. That’s because the bill would prevent shelters like Charleston Animal Society from immediately treating stray pets that are rescued.
• We estimate 4,500 animals that were saved by Charleston Animal Society last year would instead, die in pain, or be euthanized, because of this special interest bill by veterinarians.
• 57 of 58 state veterinary board actions taken against South Carolina veterinarians in the past 7 years were taken against private, for-profit veterinarians, not shelter veterinarians.
• Pet owners who make anything ABOVE the federal poverty level ($11,770) would not be allowed to use most services of a non-profit animal shelter veterinarian staff. This legislation would deny 3.4-million South Carolinians the right to affordable pet healthcare, including the elderly, veterans and public servants like police and firefighters. The government is going to tell YOU where you’re allowed to spend your dollars.
• The veterinarian special interest group is more interested in protecting their “turf” than saving animals. This bill is putting profits above animal lives.
• This legislation will prevent Charleston Animal Society and other shelters from treating the pets of military veterans, police and firefighters at a reduced rate, because the veterinarian’s special interest group wants to charge these people full rate.
• This special interest group does not have the support of all veterinarians, because many see it for what it is: profit over pet lives.
If You Love Pets, What Can You Do?
Join the “Ride for Animals” Tuesday morning:
Location: Charleston Animal Society: 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, 29406
Return: Afternoon arrival back at Charleston Animal Society
Purpose: Show lawmakers that pet lovers want this bill defeated. We will attend the hearing and show that there is strength in numbers. We will act with respect and send a clear message to lawmakers that this legislation puts animal lives in danger.
Contact Your State Senator Today!
Tell them to oppose this bill, because it puts thousands of animal lives in danger:
Senator Paul G. Campbell, Jr., Chair