This was posted on The Pilot news website:
The 112th Congress is looking for ways to raise revenue.
There are approximately 9.2 million horses in America. Applying fair taxes to horse owners would create significant revenue and spur the economy. Taxing horses would also create a greater sense of responsibility for horse owners.
Citizens take better care of things they have to pay for. Taxing horses would also deter horse overpopulation, as breeding would be minimized. Redeeming pride for America’s much-admired companion animal would make passing bills to halt horse slaughter more favorable.
Taxing horses would benefit all facets of the horse industry. Revenue would be available for trail maintenance in parks and education on horse care, and would provide wages for committees to oversee the horse industry in each state.
For a copy of a petition pertaining to this article, visit Horses as National Treasure at https://sites.google.com/site/horsesasnationaltreasure/.
Moore’s, off May Street in Southern Pines, and Sandhills, off Bennett, have lists of representatives and informative articles along with petitions.
Stephanie M. Sellers
Bald_Dude commented twice, one supporting horse slaughterhouses if made more humane (an oxymoron; can’t be done) and rejecting tax on horse owners, and this one. We have separated it into paragraphs for easier reading.
If we regulated the total number of horses being born each year and tax the “breeders” you could more reasonably control the population much the way manufacturers and other goods producers regulate their productions. The end result would be this; if it cost a breeder more to sell a horse, he would be less inclined to breed large numbers, this in turn would drive up the cost for the average person to buy a horse, which would then be a better motivator for them to take better care of a horse. If you buy a Kia and a Mercedes which do you think you would take better care of?
We have enough taxes as it is now. Why make matters worse? There are plenty of other means to raise funds for trail maintenance, horse care classes, and I think we have entirely too many “Committees” as it now.
So before you choose to debate me on animal rights, slaughter houses, and government taxation, let me provide you with this tidbit. I am a horse owner, and I am also a life time member of many Equestrian Groups whose sole purpose is the betterment of the quality of life for not only our loyal equine family members, but also for those of us who have dedicated most of our lives to caring for them. Bottom Line: We DO NOT need more taxes!!!!!!
Do not agree with the horse to car comparison, but love the idea of taxing breeders. Breeders currently enjoy a breeding incentive by way of millions of tax write off dollars. Eliminate that and tax them. Overactive breeders are the root of the surplus horse situation devaluing the market. This would return horse breeding to quality over quantity and benefit the industry as a whole.
Another idea. How about cutting the Bureau of Land Management’s budget for deadly helicopter roundups, just for starters? The federal Department of Interior agency is hemorrhaging millions of taxpayer dollars annually while destroying our wild horses and burros to the very brink of extinction.