Service animals

Today’s Bizarro:

We’ve been here before, in a 10/19/14 posting on emotional-support animals (like the bear above). A major point in that posting was the distinction between service animals and emotional-support animals: an emotional-support card for your pet doesn’t allow you to take it into a restaurant, hotel, store, taxi, or train, while service dogs can go all these places.

From Wikipedia:

Service animals are animals that have been trained to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Service animals may also be referred to as assistance animals, assist animals, support animals, or helper animals depending on the country and the animal’s function.

Dogs are the most common service animals, assisting people in many different ways since at least 1927. Other animals such as monkeys, birds and horses have also been documented.

In places of public accommodation in the United States, only dogs (and in some cases miniature horses) are legally considered service animals.

People with emotional-support animals would like them to be treated as service animals, as in the cartoon, but that’s not the way things work in the U.S.

(Note: if you are puzzled by odd symbols in Bizarro cartoons, read this file.)

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