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Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

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Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:24 pm

The Transportation Department hosted seven months of negotiations in 2016 [...] the panel of airline and advocacy experts was unable to reach a consensus on narrowing the definition of what qualifies as a comfort animal.

The department set a goal of proposing a regulation by July 2017, but missed that deadline and now expects to begin collecting comment about the definition in July.
https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/1046380001

Article is about Delta changing their own rules anyway but the excerpt above shows they are working on restricting what is an Emotional Support Animal. Thanks to all of those who have been abusing this as a "loophole".
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby Neofelis » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:21 pm

Oh that's terrible... Please keep us informed if you hear any more updates!
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby pat » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:40 pm

I seen on TV where some woman tried bringing her peacock and claimed it was a her support animal.
of course they refused. she said, she would even pay for an extra seat for the peacock. again, she was denied.

I personally think too many people are using that for an excuse, so maybe most airlines put a stop to it all :shrug:
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby naja-naja » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:06 am

I see so many people trying to get around primate bans by getting their pet capuchins and lemurs registered as an esa, just so they can bring them into stores and restaurants. I'm glad it's getting tightened up, it's a ticking time bomb.
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby pat » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:53 pm

naja-naja wrote:I see so many people trying to get around primate bans by getting their pet capuchins and lemurs registered as an esa, just so they can bring them into stores and restaurants. I'm glad it's getting tightened up, it's a ticking time bomb.


I really wish some of these people would use common sense. the last thing I would ever do is bring any of my exotics in stores, airlines or anywhere.
don't understand the reason why some people bring their exotics out in public. it is only asking for trouble. maybe they do it for attention :shrug:

to be honest, I am glad the exotics esa is being tightened up.
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby naja-naja » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:30 pm

It is 100% attention seeking. These are the people who have their animals loose in the house, no outdoor enclosure, maybe a small cage in the house to confine them. They dress them in human clothes and put diapers on them, sometimes even going as far as to pierce their monkeys' ears. They are delusional people who think that their monkey will be a permanent baby stand in, instead of acting like the responsible animal keepers we should all be striving to be. The diets are almost universally horrible, and 90% of them whose animals live beyond 2 years old have sold or re-homed them by that point, of course they are all kept singly as well so have no social skills with other primates.
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby catlover1019 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:31 am

I'm okay with abusing loopholes if they have to fly with the animal either way. I wouldn't want to have my pet in the cargo hold. I've heard many cases of animals dying when flying that way. I think an animals life is more important than whatever right the other human passengers feel is being violated.
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:55 pm

I agree if an animal is well controlled or enclosed it maybe should be allowed in cabin. But no it's not okay to abuse this loophole. The problem is when people fake service animals and emotional support animals it then becomes harder and harder for people who really need them.

ADA used to allow any animal as a service animal but for similar reasons they narrowed it to only allowing dogs and mini horses as guide animals. So even helping hand monkeys aren't protected now. The same is happening with emotional support animals on flights and more and more animals are being denied.

All the people faking is causing people who need the medical help to not be able to have it.
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:59 pm

They are still working on changing the legal code it's self about this. Very much is sounding like it might be limited to small service dogs unless in a carrier, then some smaller ESA's might be allowed but not most species.

https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot3618
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Re: Deffinition of Emotional Support Animals will be changed

Postby catlover1019 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:00 pm

I completely understand what you mean. It sucks that people who really need support animals might not be able to take them on flights. Here's another perspective, though. I have Asperger's. If I could use that fact to ensure that my pet gets a safe flight, I wouldn't hesitate. It wouldn't be for my sake, it would be for the animal's.

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