Archive for October, 2013

Maryland passes pet food fee (some call it a tax)

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Proceeds will fund statewide spay-neuter program.

Cushing_Logo2An interesting development in 2013 state legislation was Maryland’s passage of SB 820, which imposes a fee on pet food to fund a statewide spay-neuter program aimed at low-income communities. Despite opposition from the pet food industry, the amended bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the Maryland legislature. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill in to law this summer, effective October 1 (click here to see the enrolled version as executed by the governor).

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Large-scale food animal production under microscope

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Welfare groups seek to move ‘corporate farming’ into political arena.

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It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a hot year in the legislative kitchen. Animal welfare and rights organizations are involved in both companion and food animal issues. But it is food animals drawing splashy attention this month. On Sept. 24, the ASPCA released a new blog, “The Truth About Chicken,” which is an aggressive challenge to large-scale production of chicken for human consumption. For some time the ASPCA’s position on “corporate farming” has aligned with that of the HSUS and, to a degree, PETA.

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