Service Animal, ESA or BS?
What are airlines seriously thinking? Allowing miniature horses, peacocks, pigs and turkeys all on board flights as supposed service animals or emotional support animals (ESA’s). Or is all really b.s. (bull shit)?
In order to be certified as a service animal (mainly dogs), the animal must be “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability” according to the ADA. What in the world is a peacock or mini horse going to do? Stand? Defecate? This is just plain silliness. And the average mini horse is close to 250 pounds for average. This quarter ton animal is going to stand squished into the airplane between the passenger and the seat in front. Come on.
And for those ESA lovers. This is not a pet. This is an animal that provides mental well being. But most people get the certification from a low life, scam company who will give you a certification for Fido, Felix or Freddy to be your Emotional Support Animal for a nominal fee of several hundred dollars. Come on. An emotional support animal is for people who have severe depression, anxiety, phobias or some other debilitating mental health issue which impacts their daily living. The animal stays with them at all times to provide emotional support. Not just when the person wants a friend, or a pet, or wants to fly to San Francisco and doesn’t want to put Fluffy in the luggage hold below the airplane.
Let’s not pee on the system that is there for the people who really need it. Because when your friends, colleagues and family are pretending that Turkey Lurkey is your SA or ESA – who are you really kidding except yourself. And you’re taking the opportunity away from an individual who could really use Rover when you don’t.
So leave Fido, Fluffy, Turkey and Mini home and leave the real working animals to those in need.
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