Currently, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits only cover food for people. Those in favor of the idea say a familyâ€™s financial situation can change and this would prevent families from having to give up a pet.
The petition was posted to the website Care2. It says, in part: â€œBeing poor is hard enough without being expected to give up your companion.â€�
So far, the petition has over 86,000 signatures. It needs 90,000 signatures to be presented to the USDA.
However, any change would also likely have to go through Congress.
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