The Humane Society Legislative Fund has announced that Cheryl Woodcock, of Baldwin, N.D. is the winner of the first "There Oughta be a Law" contest. Her winning idea is to create a tax credit for people who spay or neuter their pet. You can read the details of the contest and the winning idea here.
Given the costs that taxpayers incur for homeless pets caused by people who do not spay or neuter, I think this is an excellent idea. It rewards people for doing the right thing, sends out another positive message of the benefits of spay/neuter --- one that benefits people as well as the pet, which may provide an incentive for the "what's in it for me" crowd, and further works towards the larger goal of reducing the number of homeless animals in our shelters.
Congratulations to Cheryl Woodcock!