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Animals Deserve an ‘Affordable Care Act’ Too

Written by PETA | July 20, 2011

A panel studying which preventative health services should be free under the Affordable Care Act has recommended that health insurance plans be required to fully cover the cost of birth control for patients. Of course, these same patients could still be dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, if their companion animals aren’t spayed and neutered.

Fortunately, many veterinarians and sheltering agencies across the country have recognized the critical importance of low-cost services. PETA’s mobile SNIP clinics (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please), which operate in and around our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, have spayed and neutered more than 74,000 animals, preventing the births and inevitable suffering of hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals.

Still, litter after litter of puppies and kittens is born into a world bursting at the seams with unwanted animals. Until healthcare plans start providing free birth control for animals, we’ll all have to do our part by offering to set up appointments and provide transportation for friends’ and neighbors’ animals and by encouraging local animal shelters to offer low-cost “snips” if they don’t already.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Jessica says:

    I really wish the government would pay for spaying and neutering–after all, local governments have to pay to deal with unwanted animals anyway. I know I’d be fine with a little tax increase if it went to something like this. Or how about diverting some of the millions of tax dollars that go to cruel and often worthless animal “research”?

  • Diane Nelson says:

    Hey, Let’s start with the American Kennel Club. I would like to see the AKC not promote breeding. There are sooooooo many unwanted animals we need to start somewhere 🙂