WESTPORT, Conn. — The Connecticut Humane Society has issued a statewide call to action regarding a bill that would allow the state to tax residents for adopting, rescuing and saving the life of a homeless animal.
The Humane Society is urging residents to contact their state senators to oppose SB 130, which mandates that 5 percent of adoption fees be collected from all nonprofit rescues and animal adoption organizations when an animal is adopted.
"The State of Connecticut seeks to impose a tax that it’s calling a 'surcharge' on every animal adoption," said a statement. That means "if you rescue a dog, cat, bird, horse, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster or other species from any rescue, animal control or organization that is saving animals’ lives, the state wants a cut."
The money would go into the State’s Animal Abuse Cost Recovery account, but that does not guarantee the money would be used to care for animals.
"Special funds have been raided in the past, and now the plan is to do it again to pay for 2017’s deficit," the statement said.
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