Money Moral Dilemma: Is it OK to claim free food to feed my guinea pigs?

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edited 22 February 2022 at 5:59PM in Pets & pet care
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With the cost of living rising, including the price of food, I've been considering using a food sharing app to collect salad that's going free, then feeding it to my guinea pigs. Is it OK to do this to save money, or should I be leaving it for those who want to eat it themselves?

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  • lcc86
    lcc86 Posts: 2,339 Forumite
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    It's not being wasted so I don't see a problem with it!
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    The food is not being wasted, but being used by animals who need it because their owner needs the aid, so that is perfectly fine so don't feel bad about it, animals matter too.
  • Grumpy_chap
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    Is it possible to get salad when it is too old for human consumption but still suitable for the guinea pigs?

    I think the specific circumstances are needed here.  The clear priority for food banks and other such schemes is to feeding human population focusing on those most in need.  However, our local food bank has problems managing the food donations they have so every now and then the local online social media there is a post advising they have XYZ food that will go off so rather than waste the food, the preference is to let anyone take the food that can make use of it.  Not how food banks should work.
  • If the food is otherwise going to waste, I don't see the problem - I can't see many people wrestling that iceberg lettuce out of your hands!!
  • Definitely ok. They love sald
  • Definitely not. The food is donated for people. If you do not need the food yourself, lots of other people do. 
  • Robin9
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    My local Food Bank supplies the need of the family - if they have no money then they have no money for toilet rolls, nappies, cat food, toothpaste, sanitary products .......................
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  • sheramber
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    My local food bank actually ask for dog/cat/pet food to be donated.
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