Some in the Texas legislature want to divert funds from “Animal Friendly” license plates

In what could be a very short-sighted and wrong-headed move, some elected officials in Texas are reportedly looking at a plan to hold back funds raised from the sale of “Animal Friendly” license plates. They want to use the money to balance the state’s budget.

These funds go to spay/neuter programs to ease the problem of over-population of homeless pets. It’s a life-saving program and one with long-term and short-term economic benefits. With fewer homeless pets being dropped off at shelters, it would be less of a budget hit for local municipalities.

But of course, the primary benefit is to animals. We’ve got to continues these spay/neuter programs and others that reduce the suffering caused by homelessness, cruelty and neglect.

And what about the people who purchased the license plates at an additional cost because they care and specifically wanted this money to go to spay/neuter programs. Will the state legislature break that contract of compassion?

What this effort in Texas also amounts to is the State telling local counties it is going hit their budgets harder in an effort to balance its own books.

In the Animals Matter blog on MySanAntonio.com, Cathy Rosenthal explains the legislature specifically wants to hold $1 million of the $1.6 fund.

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