Emotional Support Animal

Titles proposed for Support Animals

A study conducted by La Trobe University has proposed relevant and uniform job titles for animals all over the world who offer support for humans.

Recently published in Animals The study looked at animals that support them role and their training prior to defining their roles to develop standard names.

The lead author, The lead author is Dr. Tiffani Howell, from the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University said that up until now, the same titles weren’t available for animals working in supporting roles, causing confusion.

“If you ask the majority of people what is the difference between an assistance animal therapy animal, or an emotional support animal, they’ll be able to explain. They use the terms in various ways,” doctor. Howell said.

“It’s crucial to establish clear terms as there could be legal consequences in some instances. Certain animals who are employed in support roles can have “public access,” meaning that their caregiver is able to take them to places that normally are not accessible to animals.

“But there are some animals that in support roles have access rights, which is why it’s crucial to be able to quickly and clearly discern the animals that can like, for instance, visit an establishment with their owners or a pet owner, and which animals aren’t,” Dr. Howell explained.

Dr. Howell said that title may also affect the amount of money available since certain government agencies provide financial aid to certain breeds of animals used in work however, they do not provide support for other types of animals.

“The kinds of work animals perform to benefit humans is expanding so rapidly that it’s difficult to keep up with what’s taking place on the ground,” Dr. Howell explained.

Researchers discussed the implications for different regions around the globe This is the first study that they have come across that has an international perspective on these definitions.

The results of research in the field

Recent reports from the media have reported on some bizarre instances of animals trying to gain access to public areas. In the course of his research the researcher Dr. Howell applied the new terminology to three cases in the public domain in the following manner:

1. in 2018 in Brooklyn, New York, a resident attempted to take her pet Dexter on a plane ride from the city to Los Angeles, claiming it was an emotional animal.

“Dexter will likely be an emotional support animal (ESAs) as per our definition because it was unclear if Dexter is able to perform any duties to help the owner with their handicap. Therefore, the peacock is likely not an aid animal or service animal’, as they are known within the U.S.,” Dr. Howell said.

Case 2. in 2019, an air traveler traveling across the United States from Chicago to Omaha within the U.S. carried a miniature horse with them on the journey.

Dr. Howell said the horse, Flirty, would be classified as an aid animal.

“Because the owner suffers from disabilities, it is the horse’s job to minimize the negative effects of the handicap (e.g. encourages owners to use medicine and helps the owner keep equilibrium).

“According to the U.S. law, assistance dogs and horses are allowed to access public spaces which are not accessible to the majority of animals. It’s, therefore, a blessing that the airline let her on board, and, according to reports, even the crew members enjoyed meeting her.”

Third case 3: The case that involves a duck, Daniel is an interesting one.

“Assistance ducks are not common, and this could be the only one, but I believe Daniel could be considered an animal that assists because it performs duties that lessen the effects on his owner’s impairment (e.g. alerting her to the rising levels of stress so that she can take steps to help her calm herself) Dr. Howell said.

“He has a diaper on, which will aid in ensuring that his hygiene is suitable for public use.”