skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, December 4, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

NH gun-safety advocates advise services, bipartisan laws after deadly shootings; Food banks, pantries address rising food insecurity during winter holidays; Despite cost debate, some MN businesses intrigued by paid-leave law.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Muslim American leaders in swing states like Michigan threaten to Abandon Biden, VP Harris criticizes greenwashing at COP28, former congresswoman Cheney calls the GOP a "threat," and George Santos is expelled.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Pet-Food Fee Could Fund Spay-Neuter Clinics In New Mexico

play audio
Play

Thursday, February 8, 2018   

SANTA FE, N.M. — Animal rights advocates want New Mexico to join three other states that use pet food registration fees to fund animal spay and neuter services.

A bill now before senators would charge pet food companies $100, rather than the current $2, to register their dog or cat food product lines. Supporters say the increased fee could create more opportunities for low-income residents to get their cats and dogs spayed and neutered.

Jessica Johnson, chief legislative officer with Animal Protection New Mexico, said with the full Senate now scheduled to hear the bill, it appears lawmakers understand how serious the problem is.

"New Mexico legislators can see what's really happening on the ground in terms of the numbers of animals that we euthanize every year in New Mexico - almost 70,000 homeless dogs and cats die in our shelters,” Johnson said. “And we're spending tax dollars to do it, to kill these perfectly healthy animals."

Opponents of the bill say the registration fees will be passed on to retailers and punish smaller businesses and less wealthy pet owners. According to Johnson, the latest data shows each New Mexico pet owner would pay about $1.50 more for pet food each year.

Several other states including Maine, Maryland and most recently West Virginia have passed similar legislation to raise funds for spay and neutering services. Johnson said New Mexico has far more homeless animals than those states, likely because of its vast expanse of land that allows for more free-roaming, stray and feral animals.

"We have yet to talk to someone that has said that they aren't willing to spend a few extra cents on their dog food or their cat treats in order to save lives and know that they're going to end up saving tax dollars in the long run as we start to get control of the pet overpopulation problem,” she said.

Johnson noted that while many pet owners may want to spay or neuter their animals, many counties in New Mexico don't have a veterinarian who could perform the service.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Gun safety advocates in New Hampshire are taking unique approaches to reducing the number of guns in their communities, including a Guns to Garden program, which recently accepted more than two dozen unwanted weapons, including an AR-15, and transformed them into tools and jewelry. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Gun-safety advocates in New Hampshire are urging Gov. Chris Sununu to back policies proven to reduce gun violence following a series of deadly …


Social Issues

play sound

Minnesota is two years away from enacting its new paid leave law and while the debate over costs has resurfaced, some in the small business community …

Social Issues

play sound

A lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's collective near-total bargaining ban for most public workers is by some seen as a way to bolster the state's beleagu…


The Environmental Protection Agency is working on rules that will incentivize the transition to heavy-duty electric vehicles. (VanderWolf Images/Adobestock)

play sound

As the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai wraps up, Democratic lawmakers and clean-air advocates are calling on the Environmental …

Environment

play sound

NASA-funded research using satellites to study atmospheric nitrogen will examine how different farming approaches affect greenhouse gas emissions…

More than a third of Washington homes have gas-burning appliances such as stoves. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

play sound

The American Gas Association misled the public on the health effects of burning gas for decades. Now, a coalition wants the Washington State …

Social Issues

play sound

Workers at the Tacoma Art Museum are celebrating a unique union victory that could be a model for other museums. The 26 members of Tacoma Art …

Environment

play sound

A handful of Iowa's biggest cities has been awarded $3 million to work on solutions to climate change at the local level. The climate pollution …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021