I shouldn’t be surprised to see a movement like this starting up, given how many otherwise-sane folks I know who think that their pets are children…but I am anyway.
These groups say that allowing food stamps to be used for pet food could potentially keep tens of thousands of animals out of shelters and prevent low-income people from giving their own food to their pets.
“It’s potentially game-changing,” said Matt Bershadker, the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “I think we should get behind this in a big way.”
Advocates say a food-stamp program that includes pet food would address a little-discussed gap in the social safety net: Currently, there is no federal program that helps low-income people care for their pets.
Hey, I have a great idea. If you can’t afford to feed yourself, don’t get an animal. Really, I see this far too often among low-income people, even some of my current neighbors. They’re poor as shit, can’t even be bothered to buy winter coats or shoes for their human children, and yet they keep adding pets to the household. Like, a dog and three cats. Then they have to borrow cat food from me and don’t take their pets to the veterinarian when they get sick or injured.
There’s nothing compassionate or caring about people like this. They’re childish, selfish, and negligent to the point of callousness.
I love animals, especially my dog and two cats. Well, one of my cats. I’m not saying that poor people shouldn’t have the right to have pets, but if you can’t properly care for one, it’s irresponsible to get one. Can’t afford food? Don’t get a pet. Do you have $200 to spare if your dog eats a whole plate of chicken bones? Yeah, no pet for you. Do your economic circumstances obligate you to work 14 hours a day so that you have to leave your dog in a kennel with nobody to play with him? Uh huh. You shouldn’t have a dog, you broke asshole. Or a kid, really, but it’s unfortunately easier to have a kid than to buy a dog in some places.
You know that if this eventually gets approved anywhere, it’s just going to incentivize poor people to buy and breed animals, right? It’s the old rule that if you subsidize something, you get more of it (and it ends up becoming more expensive). I predict an increase in stray animals and those in shelters because the same sort of people who shouldn’t have pets because they’re irresponsible will suddenly think that it’s perfectly fine to get them since gubmint will pay for it. It will be a disaster, mostly for the animals.
From there, it’s only a matter of time before medical insurance providers are forced to cover veterinary expenses in their policies, because Americans are insane.