The food stamp program offering assistance to needy families doesn’t go far enough to help people in dire financial straights, according to the signers of a new petition.
“I have only been on SNAP benefits for a few months, but I have been unable to feed my little dog due to government regulations,” Edward Johnston, Jr., writes in a petition on Care2, asking the Department of Agriculture to expand food stamps to cover pet food purchases.
The food stamps program has long prohibited the purchase of pet food with the federal benefits, and that is unlikely to change.
Animal rights groups, however, welcome the discussion. “It’s potentially game-changing,” Matt Bershadker, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told The Washington Post. “I think we should get behind this in a big way.”
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