|Seal of the United States Department of the Interior (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 47 million people, as of the most recent figures.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."
This ended up in my email box and I thought I'd share it as a bit of year end controversy. What are your thoughts on the above statement? Is it better to just hand out fish or to teach people how to fish? What should we do to help people the most?