Viral petition pushes for food stamps for pets

By Sarah Wolfgram, Spectrum News Staff
Last Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018, 4:20 PM EST

An online petition is calling for pet food to be included on the approved list for food stamps.

  • Petition calling for pet food to qualify for food stamps
  • 88,000 people have signed petition
  • Read the petition here.

As of Monday morning, more than 88,000 people signed the petition.

Since 1964, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has only applied to food meant for individuals or families.

The Care2 online petition organizer Edward B Johnston Jr. argues the addition would keep thousands of animals out of shelters.

The petition also acknowledges the argument that people shouldn’t keep pets if they can’t afford them, but also points out that an individual or family’s financial status can change at any time.

Once the petition reaches 90,000 signatures, it will be presented to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The petition states:

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.

To read the whole petition or sign it, visit here.