Monday, April 6, 2009

H.R. 875 Act of 2009 is no safety modernization for pet food

If Approved Pet Owners Could be Left Completely Defenseless

By Susan Thixton
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H.R. 875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is no safety modernization for pet food. H.R. 875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is the same old story and worse; forgetting the concerns of our pets yet looking out for the interests of industries that earn billions in profits re-selling waste. If H.R. 875 is passed as it is currently written, it appears caring pet owners will be completely without resources to hold a pet food manufacturer accountable for their actions. This is not something to let others be concerned about and act on; every single caring pet lover needs to take immediate action.

For those in Congress (or elsewhere) who perhaps might feel dog food or cat food isn’t as important as human food, consider this…
• Sixty three percent of homes in the U.S. own a pet. http://americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.aspSixty three percent of all voters, own a pet.
• The American Pet Product Manufacturers Assn projects U.S. pet owners will spend over $45 billion dollars on their pets in 2009. Based on a conservative 6% sales tax, pet owners will pay over $2.7 billion dollars in sales tax on their 2009 pet purchases. $2.7 billion dollars in revenue in one year provided to state government and our Representatives in Congress don’t bother to demand pet food is safe.
• Simply from a revenue producing perspective, in 2006 the US received over $5 billion dollars in alcohol tax
revenue, $36 billion in fuel tax revenue, and almost $15 billion dollars in tobacco tax revenue. In 2009, conservative projections are that pet owners will provide $2.7 billion dollars in tax revenue. We pet owners are in the ballpark with many other high revenue consideration products, yet we get the bottom of the bowl when it comes to protection of our pets.  http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/listdocs.cfm?topic3id=92&topic2id=90

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