Back from a long HIATUS, I recently read an article from last fall in the New Yorker.
Essentially, the author despises people taking advantage of Emotion Support Animal certificates. Although she comes to find out that many of her friends also have E.S.A. certificates for their pets.
For the author, the argument started when she started to notice more and more dogs in places like restaurants, theaters and planes. Not only was she seeing more animals in places they normally were not allowed to be, but she noticed the negative affect it was having on the other people in those places who do not bring an E.S.A.
The author also brings up the importance of service dogs to some people because those dogs complete tasks like opening doors for their owners- but she believes too many people abuse the purpose of an E.S.A.
From this story I liked that the author used first person since she actually went out of her way to get E.S.A. letters for a snake, pig, turtle and alpaca and took all four of those animals around New York City. She concocts all kinds of lies and stories as she takes the Snake to a Chanel boutique and the pig on a flight to and from Boston.
By doing such she proves her point in the argument by showing how easy it is for people to abuse the purpose of emotional support animals.
What I dislike about the story is how extreme she is against any E.S.A.
As a dog lover myself, I would never want to bring my dog to a restaurant or movie theater because I have no idea what Onyx would do.
However, I think seeing E.S.A. on flights and in pet friendly hotels should be expected.
There are many restaurants with outdoor seating where I think the people who really need their E.S.A. should dine at anyway so it is more comfortable for the animal and for the surrounding people.
I agree that obtaining an E.S.A. letter and certificate is far too easy and people may be abusing it- especially in fancy restaurants, where there is no outdoor seating- but there are people out there with legitimate E.S.A.’s. And although other people, like the author, may hate that people in need of E.S.A.’s bring their pets everywhere- it is their lifestyle.
What do you guys think about Emotional Support Animals? Do you want your pet on a flight with you or do you think it is much to inconvenient for the other passengers?