Opponents of Connecticut's new pet importation bill say requiring veterinary certification (the kind of certification already required for people who sell pets for profit) is heavy-handed, redundant, and will make it too hard for them to rescue animals.
Supporters say the importation of unhealthy animals into Connecticut needs to stop, as it spreads disease, breaks both the heart and wallet of new pet owners, displaces local pets who are just as deserving of adoption, and enables the continued outsourcing of irresponsibility from people who don't practice responsible pet ownership.
From our previous entries on this subject, it should be clear that we're big supporters of this bill. However, it is true that the cost of adoption will be going up in Connecticut; the price exacted for weeding out irresponsible (and profiteering) rescues while providing greater assurances to pet owners that their new companion will be free of health issues. Of course, we're not talking hundreds of dollars; more a best estimate of $30 to $50 per adoption.
But this begs the question: is that extra $30 to $50 be worth it to you? Would that make you more or less likely to rescue a dog?