Service dogs and, of course, other types of service animals are a wonderful thing to have, not to mention incredibly helpful… for those who actually do struggle with real-life disabilities and need help from their trained furry companion, that is.
However, it’s recently become a very new and trendy (and not to mention highly, highly irritating) thing to just acquire a fake ID, buy a vest online, slap it on your animal and call them ‘a service dog’ or ’emotional support animal’ just so people can get them on the plane. Yep, I know. I hate people too.
Many people do this so they don’t have to put their animal in the cargo bay area where, in all fairness, many dogs have actually lost their lives… or at least have come very close to doing so. So, by making their pet a ‘service animal’ their pet can sit up in the seat with them and everyone’s happy. However, as it turns out, not everyone is so thrilled with this idea. And here’s why.
In fact, believe it or not, it’s even gone as far as emotional support peacocks and emotional support turkeys… yeah, I know, TURKEYS. I mean, it’s pretty wild to think about it, but it has actually happened.
Look, I love animals as much as the next guy… if not even MORE than the next guy, but that really does seem pretty freakin’ far-fetched to be an ’emotional support animal’, right?
United — which says it's reviewing its service animals policy, like Delta did — turns away a peacock.
— Karin Brulliard (@karinbrulliard) January 30, 2018
Let’s also not forget that emotional support animals and service animals are NOT the same things. According to The Cheat Sheet;
“Emotional support dogs don’t need any specific training, nor does the owner need to have a disability. More importantly, these types of dogs are not covered under the same ADA rules and regulations that service dogs are.”