New Petition Being Pushed to Extend Food Stamp Coverage to Pets
Do you have any pets?
If you said "yep" then you know how expensive it can be to take care of them; but it's worth it, no matter how much money you make, because your furry four legged friend is a member of your family.
When you lost your mom, your dog was there to console you. On lonely Saturday nights, your kitty curled up on your lap and purred you to sleep; and who's always there to greet you the second you walk through the door? Your pet.
What about losing your job? Would you be able to not only support yourself and your family, but could you support your pet too?
Help could soon be on the way as a new petition pushes for SNAP benefits to cover pet food.
Fox 6 Milwaukee says the petition has already received more than 80,000 signatures, with a goal of 90,000.
The creator of the petition says,
Some argue that people should not keep pets if they cannot afford them, but the fact is that an individual or family's financial status can change at any time. Should someone be forced to give up a pet they've had for years just because they hit a financial rough patch? Or should they be able to utilize federal aid to continue feeding their pet?
Pets are also important for emotional support. Being poor is hard enough without being expected to give up your companion. For most people, pets are considered family, not property.