Emotional Support Animal Controversy
Emotional support animals (ESAs) are no longer a foreign concept. In fact, it is estimated that more than a quarter of a million people in the United States have emotional support animals. This number is expected to increase in the coming years.
The ESAs are provided to those who are coping with a mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The laws that govern ESAs vary from state to state. Some states offer lots of protection, while others do not or are a little bit stricter. In many cases, ESA’s are helpful in the fight against mental illness by improving the quality of life for their owners.
There are many benefits that an ESA can provide for its owner. As a whole, they reduce stress and anxiety. The owner will feel less stressed. The ESA can also help them stay calm when they need to deal with situations where they would normally get stressed out, such as when entering a new place or encountering an unfamiliar person or object. These situations could trigger anxiety for their owners since they may feel vulnerable or out of control. An ESA, in this case, helps them feel grounded.
However, there has been some controversy about ESAs. There are some people who believe that ESAs should not be allowed. Some claim that many people have abused the laws protecting emotional support animals to get away with misbehaving in public or avoiding extra fees for regular pets. The fear of this misuse has led to laws being tightened, and even the government taking action.
Understanding the Difference Between ESAs and Service Animals
The first thing to understand is the difference between an ESA and a service animal. A service animal is an animal that is trained to perform a specific task. This can include assisting with tasks such as alerting their owner of any potential dangers, retrieving objects, or helping the owner with physical disabilities.
On the other hand, an emotional support animal is an animal that provides support for its owner’s emotional needs. They can provide comfort and calmness to those who have anxiety or are in distress due to a mental illness or disability. Emotional support animals do not have to be trained and do not need special certificates in order to be legally acknowledged as one.
However, this also means that some of the perks that service animals get are not applicable to emotional support animals. So, it’s important to understand what rules are applicable to ESAs so you don’t get caught up in controversies or breaking any laws.
Keeping Your Emotional Support Animal Under Control
One thing to keep in mind is that while many business owners will be required to accommodate you and your emotional support animal, they are also allowed to deny you and your animal access under certain conditions.
For example, they are allowed to remove you and your animal from the premises if your animal is bothering other people or making a lot of noise. So, you need to ensure your pet is well-behaved and remains under control. Above all, your animal should not pose a danger to others.