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This fee-protective, government intrusive legislation threatens affordable veterinary care and free choice. It has been tried and has failed in states all over this country because of the implications for spiraling veterinary costs and monopolies on services in rural areas. Donít let South Carolina pass legislation that threatens the progress we have been making for animal welfare.

The South Carolina Association of Veterinarians wants to prohibit you from seeking affordable care from a non-profit by legislatively restricting services offered by animal shelters and non-profit clinics. It would prohibit middle-class pet owners from using selected low-cost services offered by non-profits.

The SCAV wants to limit your choice of veterinary care by eliminating competition. Non-profit mobile clinics would be prohibited from operating within 1-2 miles of a private veterinary clinic. All clients of a non-profit clinic would have to show proof of income.

According to the 2015 Poverty Guidelines (HHS), 1 person would have to make less than $11,770 to qualify for nonprofit veterinary care. Thatís $5.65/hour in a full-time job, less than minimum wage. So a person making minimum wage ($16,120) would have to take their pet to a private practice clinic.

Please attend on December 1st, 2015 at 2 pm and show your support for free choice and AFFORDABLE veterinary care. Oppose government intrusion and price protection in veterinary care.

Please be respectful -- no clapping, booing, or cheering. Do not be disruptive.

Click here to read the full text of the bill, or here for a summary

Please contact our State Senators and let them know you do NOT support this legislation!

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Daniel B. "Danny" Verdin, III, Chairman, District 9 - Greenville & Laurens Counties

(803) 212-6230 

John W. Matthews, Jr., Berkeley, Calhoun, Colleton, Dorchester & Orangeburg Counties

(803) 212-6056 

Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms, District 37 - Berkeley & Charleston Counties

(803) 212-6400 

Kevin L. Bryant, District 3 - Anderson County

(803) 212-6320 

Kent M. Williams, District 30 - Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Counties

(803) 212-6000

Paul G. Campbell, Jr., District 44 - Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties

(803) 212-6016 

Vincent A. Sheheen, District 27 - Chesterfield, Kershaw & Lancaster Counties

(803) 212-6032 

Chauncey K. Gregory, District 16 - Lancaster & York Counties

(803) 212-6024 

A. Shane Massey, District 25 - Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda Counties

(803) 212-6024 

Creighton B. Coleman, District 17 - Chester, Fairfield & York Counties

(803) 212-6132 

Thomas D. "Tom" Corbin, District 5 - Greenville & Spartanburg Counties

(803) 212-6100 

Greg Hembree, District 28 - Dillon & Horry Counties

(803) 212-6016 

J. Thomas McElveen, III, District 35 - Kershaw, Lee, Richland & Sumter Counties

(803) 212-6132 

Katrina Frye Shealy, District 23 - Lexington County

(803) 212-6108 

Tom Young, Jr., District 24 - Aiken County

(803) 212-6000 

Brad Hutto, District 40 - Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton & Orangeburg Counties

(803) 212-6140

Ronnie A. Sabb, Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg Counties

(803) 212-6032