Just saw a thing where people are petitioning to allow SNAP benefits to be used for pet food. People, in their typical fashion, look at the surface and say FUCK THAT!
They are missing the point: people who want this aren't on SNAP for life. They went through some shit. They want to get out of it and need some help. So now, they've been through something so shitty they need to get some help EATING.
But rather than show some compassion, we're saying 'you can't afford pets so fuck off'. Never mind that someone might be able to make it out of the hole. You screw up, life tries to destroy you, just suffer more. Just because your sociopathic ass considers pets to be some kind of special effect, doesn't mean other people don't consider them to be family.
Those people who are telling folks to give up their pets are assholes and scum. Those who need this could make it through and maybe the only thing keeping them from hurting themselves or giving up is the small, fleeting joy their pet brings them in the morning. But conservative assholes don't care. They're cowards who are too afraid to say what they genuinely believe: if you can't afford to live, then you need to just die.