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To: California State Legislators
California State Legislators: Pass AB 3201 to Protect Our Pets From Corporate Animal Hospitals
Tell California State Legislators that we need AB 3201 to protect our communities from corporate animal hospital chains and stop the “Walmart-ization” of the animal hospital industry.
Corporatization in the animal hospital industry has increased costs for consumers, reduced quality of care, and negatively impacted our communities, who pay the price when dollars flow out of local communities and into the pockets of large corporations.
Read the bill text here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB3201
Why is this important?
While many animal hospitals are still small, local operations owned by independent practitioners, over the past few years, large corporate animal hospital chains have aggressively expanded across the state.
Today, over ten percent of animal hospitals in California are owned by a corporate chain. Mars, Inc., a $36 billion dollar multinational company primarily known for its candy, is the largest provider of veterinary services in the world: Mars alone owns over 300 hospitals in California and over 2000 hospitals across the country.
Local communities pay the price when large corporations take over animal hospitals. Hospital consolidation often increases healthcare costs, corporate animal hospital expansion reduces choice for both consumers and veterinary professionals, and quality of care and employee well-being often suffer.
Tell California State Legislators that we need AB 3201 to protect our pets and local communities and stop the “Walmart-ization” of the animal hospital industry.