Diane Moyer was asked to leave a McDonald’s in Wisconsin last week because she brought her ‘therapy kangaroo’ into the restaurant to have lunch with her. She explained to the complaining diners that he was her Emotional Support Animal and that she had a doctor’s note allowing him to accompany her. None of that mattered to the cop who was eventually called; He told her that she and the “roo” would need to go.
According to the National Service Animal Registry, cats, dog, mice, rabbits, birds, SNAKES, hedgehogs, rats, mini pigs, ferrets, and many others qualify as therapy animals provided their owners have a diagnosis of some form of mental illness. Larger animals qualify as well according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). People with anxiety disorders are now actually allowed to bring “ESAs” emotional support animals and “ESPs” emotional support ponies into businesses with them, even on airplanes when they travel.
There are, however, a few factors that could land certain animals on the “no fly” list as one woman recently discovered when she brought her 80 pound support swine onto a US airways flight from Connecticut to Washington DC. Seems her therapy buddy had anxiety issues of his own and began squealing when she tied him to the armrest. Eventually the flight attendants asked her to take her pig and leave the airplane which luckily was still at the gate. She left, but unfortunately several stinky souvenirs from the encounter remained in the aisle. One passenger told a media outlet that he was now going to be needing his own emotional therapy pet to help him deal with the trauma of the entire malodorous incident.
Don’t get me wrong, I love animals as much as the next person, but after reading about the therapy kangaroo, the emotional support pony and this little piggy.. I have concluded that we have all gone ape. I mean what’s next.. snakes on a plane? (gosh, that sounds so familiar..)
You just know this woman in Wisconsin is going to sue. She’s probably ‘hopping mad’ and I’m here to tell you.. she’s going to get millions. Let’s face it, kids at McDonalds tend to act like kangaroos anyway so who would have been hurt having one more wild animal bouncing around? My advice to Ronald…settle buddy. You have no idea what her lawyers could pull out of their pouches..it’s not worth it.
As for me, I’d like to believe nothing shocks me anymore..but somehow I keep getting proved wrong. Maybe I just need to adjust my attitude..
..and make sure I bring some hay and a nose plug the next time I fly.