Mexico introduced a 16 percent tax on processed petfood on January 1. The tax will be applied at the retail level.
In proposing the tax, government officials called pet ownership a "recreational activity," not a basic need.
The tax will not apply to feed for horses, because the government is exempting livestock feed in an effort to support the agricultural sector of the economy.
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Many dogs and cats in Mexico already don't receive the proper care and feeding because families can't afford pet food. An additional 16% surcharge will only add to the millions of stray pets in the streets who are forced to fend for themselves when families have to choose between feeding their children or their pets. Mexico was recently named in a survey and report (available at Humane Advisor.com) as the #1 destination that tourists will not visit because of the stray cats and dogs near vacation areas. 41% said that they were upset by seeing the strays. Tourists also said that mass killings do not "solve" the problem and are barbaric and inhumane. The economic impact on tourism alone should have Mexico giving away FREE pet food. Now, with the potential impact on the Pet Food Industry, pet food companies should partner with tourism companies to ask Mexico to repeal the tax AND to help in humanely caring for these strays.
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