NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A lobbyist and former state legislator has likened providing food stamps to feeding animals.
David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, said people should not become dependent on government aid.
The Tennessean reported that Fowler made the comparison on a personal Facebook page. He wrote that the solution is to follow the advice of the National Park Service and stated, "Do Not Feed the Animals."
Jennifer Bailey of the nonprofit Community Food Advocates in Nashville said Fowler's attitude dehumanizes food stamp recipients and says no human being is without dignity.
Fowler said he was misunderstood -- that he wasn't comparing people to animals, but pointing out the danger of dependency.