Life is Easy: emotional assist animals

You in all probability noticed the information clip just a few weeks in the past of the younger lady on the water park main her pet alligator on a leash. Metropolis officers, who had been answerable for supervising the park, allowed the animal to accompany the lady as a result of she claimed the reptile was an emotional assist animal.

It was tough for me to find out the scale of the gator from the image since I’m unfamiliar with estimating the load of alligators as they undergo the sale ring on the native livestock public sale, nevertheless it gave the impression to be someplace round 4 to 5 toes in size—about the identical as the peak of the younger woman on the opposite finish of the leash. 

My first thought was what sort of guardian would permit their younger daughter to steer round a doubtlessly lethal animal in a public place? Wanting again on when my sons had been about that age, I can keep in mind instances after I wish to have fed them to an alligator, however I had sufficient self-restraint to not truly observe by.


Over the previous few years, we’ve seen individuals boarding planes and coming into different public venues with unknown creatures of every type below the guise of being emotional assist animals. 

I assume I’m greater than a bit of old style, however after I consider emotional assist animals I consider canine, perhaps cats and presumably (worst case state of affairs) a gerbil. Nonetheless, on this period, persons are allowed to enter public areas with their particular person variations of assist animals which will embody all the pieces from chickens, snakes, lizards, pigs, llamas and ferrets to…alligators.

The gator story made me begin questioning what our favourite animal-rights group would assume. 


Certainly, taking a wild animal out of its authentic surroundings, restraining it in a harness and main it round by a leash could be severely criticized. However, no, their official stance is that caring and loving individuals who share their residence with an animal and mentioned animal can present assist and companionship in return is completely acceptable.

The animal-rights group that thinks it’s completely fantastic to steer round an alligator in a metropolis park is similar one which criticizes and condemns these of us who’re concerned in animal agriculture. 


My canine affords fixed companionship and assist to me as I am going about my every day actions, and much be it for me to query whether or not or not the alligator does the identical for its human counterpart.

I’ve discovered my lesson from this story; nonetheless, the subsequent time I’m approached by one of many individuals lambasting me for my occupation, I’ll merely remind them that my cattle are emotional assist animals for me.


     One can by no means have an excessive amount of emotional assist.

Copyright 2022, Jerry Crownover

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