Queenstown's David Simpson, with his pet chihuahua Buster,
wants the Government to subsidise vet bills. Photo by
A Queenstown man is asking why vet bills are not
David Simpson owns two chihuahuas with his wife and planned
to hand over a petition at 11am today to a staff member at
Clutha-Southland member of Parliament Bill English's office
His petition asks that the ''House of Representatives look at
the viability of reducing veterinary costs to the consumer,
especially to those on low incomes''.
Mr Simpson accepts there will be debate for and against the
proposal and said the idea that people on low incomes should
not own a pet is not a watertight argument.
''I understand that logic ... but let's face it, a lot of
people have pets but [then] circumstances change in their
He pointed to people who had inherited a pet from a deceased
relative and said his dogs were bought to be companions for
his wife and are cherished.
A petition to the House of Representatives needs to be signed
by at least one person and petitions are allocated to a
select committee which could then seek further information,
hear evidence and make recommendations.