Bill to cut off shelter funds inhumane

04/06/2013 5:00 PM

04/05/2013 12:00 PM

The S.C. Association of Veterinarians is trying to pass bill H. 3492 in an attempt to limit or eliminate medical services provided by shelters and possibly eliminate the government funding provided to run them. Why, you ask? Because the low cost services offered by the shelters decreases the client base of the private vets.

Passing this bill will cause countless animals to go without medical treatment, be neglected, abandoned or euthanized. It doesn't take an animal lover to know this is inhumane and wrong. Animals fill roles such as service dogs for blind or disabled, help in rehabilitative programs, police and rescue dogs, and just being a beloved pet.

Veterinarians take an oath to “use scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and the relief of animal suffering.” Perhaps a better bill to pass would be to allocate additional funds to ensure all shelter pets are spayed and neutered to prevent further unwanted pets. It is important to know that not all S.C. vets support this bill. It is important, however, that we do our research and not support the mission of these greedy vets through our patronage.

Animals do not have a voice so we must speak for them by convincing the government not to pass bill H. 3492. Kill the bill, not the animals!

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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