Schwarzenegger’s Legacy: Skinned Animals

David Cassuto

Amid all the hagiography (outside of California) for soon to be ex-Governor Schwarzenegger, comes this: he vetoed a bill that would have required clothing made with fur to be properly labeled.  Currently, so-called faux fur products are actually made of real fur, just the fur from less “desirable” animals.  The gov was concerned about cost.  Apparently,  the $1,000 penalty was just too harsh for manufacturers who deliberately deceive the buying public.  Never mind that Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Wisconsin have such labeling requirements or that even the the Congress is getting into the act or that, by golly, it’s just the right thing to do. The judgment of history can be brutal indeed.

Taxing Veterinary Care

Interesting story on NPR (read and listen here) about Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed plan to levy a 9% tax on veterinary care as part of an overall plan to close California’s $41 billion budget gap.  The proposal has raised concern that it will price veterinary care out of the reach of many Californians.  As a result, many animals will face abandonment or euthanization.  H.D. Palmer, of California’s Department of Finance noted that veterinary care is not being singled out; the state also plans to tax  auto and appliance repair, golf fees, sporting events and amusement parks such as Disneyland and Knots Berry Farm.

There is no denying that California’s budget crisis is real and that the state faces some hard choices.  Nonetheless, I look forward to the day when medical care for sentient, feeling creatures is not a line item comparable to greens fees or trips to Disneyland.

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