And here are some of the reasons why:
*Human food may not healthy for wild animals, and they do not need food from humans to survive.
*Feeding leads to public health concerns. Too many animals in one place increases the chance of disease transmission to people and among other wildlife.
*Animals accustomed to people often lose their fear of people and can become aggressive. Those that become too aggressive may have to be destroyed to protect people and property.
*Animals fed along roads tend to stay near roads, increasing the chance of vehicle-animal accidents.
Now while all of those reasons may sound reasonable, I was not made aware until yesterday while I was watching, of all things, Chopped, The Food Network’s competition cooking show…that apparently cities all across the USA have recently discovered a way to make American wildlife, i.e. the homeless, go away.
Don’t feed them! And many of the ordinances approved by city councils nationwide cite similar reasons as those mentioned above for making the feeding of homeless persons illegal.
Did you know that since 2006 and in efforts to make the homeless in America, for lack of better words, go away, U. S. cities have gradually been banning and outlawing activities such as camping, begging, sleeping in cars, sitting or standing on the sidewalk for more than 5 minutes and now feeding them!
In over 70 cities nationwide it is now illegal to feed the homeless. In fact recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a 90-year-old WWII veteran was actually arrested for feeding the homeless. And It’s punishable by 60 days in jail or a $500 fine. And in Houston police even ticketed a homeless man for trying to feed himself by fishing a donut from a trash bin in a public park.
Wow! And I thought that cruel insensitivity and a lack of basic decency only existed in our country’s political campaigns. But not so. It’s becoming the law of the land too!
I know I’m just a bleeding heart liberal who should have been paying closer attention…but has it really come to this? Have all of us good Christian American Capitalists really tried everything we could think of in our efforts to ease and erase the plight of our over half a million homeless citizens? (many of whom are also veterans of our wars) Have we simply run out of ideas?
Now our best solution is to codify into law: (because it’s for our and their own good?)