This Morning guest Anna May Mangan has been branded “cold hearted” and “heartless” for claiming that people shouldn’t be given days off to grieve the death of a pet.
Mangan appeared on This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford to debate pet bereavement after a woman launched a petition after she lost her job when she took a day off following the death of her pet dog.
Refusing to hold back, Mangan declared that no one should be eligible for pet bereavement leave.
After she called it a “scam”, Mangan added: “I don’t think it’s deserved.
“I think it puts the pressure of losing a pet on your colleagues and your employer which isn’t reasonable.
“They’re not fur babies, they’re pets. I love dogs and the interesting point I think is that I’m actually vegetarian, I don’t eat animals but I see other people mourning their pets who are quite happy to eat a duck dinner or a rabbit dinner.”
Referring to her own experience with animals, Mangan continued to comment: “This is a little bit bonkers. I’ve had three dogs in my lifetime and the most recent one [died] about six months ago.
“It’s heartbreaking but it doesn’t stop me feeding the kids or getting them to college.
“It’s a pet at the end of the day, it’s not a person. And I didn’t need time off to arrange a funeral and hymns, and a eulogy for my pet, so what are they doing on their day off?”
This Morning viewers were quick to criticise Mangan for her comments.
“#thismorning the horrible cold hearted woman talking about pet bereavement not being the same as losing a person! Errrr hello my dogs are more important than any person!,” wrote one.
Another commented: “Heartless woman how dare she compare her had hair day to a family pet dying. They are members of the family. #thismorning.”
“What an awful woman! I don’t want children and my dog is my family! I would be utterly devastated if anything ever happened to him #thismorning,” a third user of the social networking site shared.
“Wow that woman has no compassion!!! #thismorning,” came the response from a different account.