Lobbyist compares food stamps with handouts

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.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 166562066 - local8now.com/a?a=166562066
Gray Television, Inc.