A Fowl Plea for Emotional Support: ‘Can I Bring My Peacock to Work?’

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United Airlines has blocked a customer from bringing her “emotional support peacock” on a recent flight.

Truth be told, whether it was a large peacock, or a small parakeet, or a dog, or any other animal labeled “emotional support,” the airline acted well within its rights, whether dealing with a customer or an employee.

The ADA makes no reasonable accommodation allowance for “emotional support animals” of any species and of any size. Period.

The ADA makes a clear distinction between “service animals” (some of which an employer must consider accommodating) and “emotional support animals” (none of which must be accommodated).


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