Publix & Emotional Support Animals

This sign has been see in Publix Supermarkets:

Because there are individuals out there that abuse the privilege and business owners and employees that are ignorant of the law.

Q3. Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
A. No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. However, some State or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotional support animals into public places. You may check with your State and local government agencies to find out about these laws.

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA 

So this sucker ain’t covered by the American with Disabilities Act

Or this one:

Good for Publix in this case. And I hope I see this being duplicated in other places. Assholes like the above unduly task business and make the program designed to help people with real problems a joke.

6 Replies to “Publix & Emotional Support Animals”

  1. So many people abuse the system, and many businesses don’t take a stand because they fear being sued under the ADA. A fake certification can be bought on the Internet for less than $100, and then the animal flies free, can be brought into restaurants, etc. That is why I feel that the ADA needs to be changed so that true service animals need a license. No license, not a service animal.

  2. I hate people who abuse the the idea of an emotional support animal. They cheapen the idea and make it a mockery.

    There are people, mainly combat veterans, for who an emotional support animal is what keeps them going. Taking care of a something that you love and loves you back – usually a dog – gives these severely emotionally damaged people a reason to keep going and not kill themselves.

    When some jackass wants to brink their turkey on a plane they make people think that emotional service animals are a joke. But for the veterans who need them (I’ve known one), they are vital.

  3. Another of the ADA “service animal” FAQs worth mentioning is Q1 (bold emphasis added):

    Q1. What is a service animal?

    A. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.

    That’s worth highlighting again: All ADA service animals are dogs. (But not all dogs are ADA service animals.)

    If someone shows up with their “service turkey” or “support monkey” (hey, it’s happened) and a printed ADA license, you know it’s fake because they don’t issue licenses for anything but specially-trained dogs.

    It’s also worth reminding and repeating (this showed up on the Book of Face a while ago): If you see a service animal without a person trying to get attention, it means the person is down and needs help. They are trained to find another adult in an emergency. Follow the dog.

    Hey, if it saves just one life, right?

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