Emotional Support Animal¶
A legal way to take your pet to places like supermarkets and government offices without being asked to tie them up outside.
Originally designated the legitimate purpose of helping traumatised veterans as service/assistance animals, any fragile millennial who “gets anxiety” can now register their Instagram-friendly pooch as a medical “support” to avoid fees on planes and mean landlords. “Assistance animals” were first recognised under the US federal Fair Housing Act, then the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), on the basis it would be “discrimination” against someone with a “disability”. Back in academia around 2009, the stupidity was being advanced with papers like “Advocating Change within the ADA: The Struggle to Recognize Emotional-Support Animals as Service Animals”.