• Pets & Animal

    The Emotional Power of Pets: As Classrooms Reopen, Why Schools Should Also Save a Place for Therapy Animals

    Get essential education news and commentary delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Education experts are proposing myriad interventions to address the harm the pandemic is having on students’ academic progress and social-emotional well-being. National tutoring programs. More school counselors. Year-round school. But scientific research and findings from a new market research survey of 2,000 parents align with an idea already backed by decades of robust research: give pets a place in schools. Yes, pets. Children have suffered as the pandemic forced school buildings to close and public health experts  

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  • Animal News

    Delta, JetBlue latest major airlines to ban emotional support animals

    Delta Air Lines and JetBlue are the latest major carriers to cut the leash and ban emotional support animals (ESAs) on flights. The airlines cite the final decision from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on the controversial travel topic in making the change. Announced in December and effective Jan. 11, the DOT’s revision to the Air Carrier Access Act declared that ESAs will no longer be considered service animals on flights, giving airlines the OK to ban them. Trained service dogs, however, are still welcome aboard, with proof of proper registration. The DOT’s revision to the Air Carrier Access  

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  • Animal News

    Rule cracking down on emotional support animals on flights takes effect

    A new Department of Transportation regulation took effect Monday that says airlines are not required to treat emotional support animals as service animals. The rule, which was announced last month, defines a service animal as a dog “trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability.” Delta, United, Alaska, JetBlue and American Airlines are among US carriers that will no longer allow emotional support animals, reported CNN. Emotional support animals can be prescribed by mental health professionals to provide comfort and support, but unlike service animals, they are not required to have  

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  • Animal News

    Rule cracking down on emotional support animals goes into effect

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new Department of Transportation regulation goes into effect Monday that says airlines aren’t required to treat emotional support animals as service animals. The DOT rule, announced last month, defines a service animal as a dog “trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability.” Delta, United, Alaska, JetBlue and American Airlines are among U.S. carriers that will no longer allow emotional support animals. The animals are prescribed by mental health professionals to provide comfort and support, but unlike service animals, emotional support animals are not required to have  

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  • Animal News

    Dog owners protest airlines’ emotional support animal ban: ‘I will not be sticking him in cargo’

    Some dog owners say they’re sick as a dog over the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final decision that emotional support animals (ESAs) are no longer considered service animals on flights, giving airlines the OK to ban them. Fired up over the “ruff” news, hundreds of animal lovers have signed petitions urging major carriers to let support animals fly. Announced in December 2020 and effective Jan. 11, the DOT’s revision to the Air Carrier Access Act declared that ESAs will no longer be considered service animals on commercial flights. The federal Cabinet department cited over 15,000 comments on the proposal  

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  • Pets & Animal

    American Airlines bans emotional support animals after years of controversy over flying with pets

    American Airlines says it will no longer allow emotional support animals and other pets on its planes that don’t meet strict service animal requirements for disabled individuals. The change was made after more lenient policies had frustrated flight attendants, disability support groups and airlines themselves. The Fort Worth-based airline will start the stricter requirements for pets in the cabin on Jan. 11 and will soon require anyone traveling with a service animal to complete a federal form two days in advance. The change comes after the U.S. Department of Transportation tightened rules for service animals in December, ending years of  

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    Delta will no longer allow emotional support animals on flights

    The DOT and Delta had been at odds on the pit bull ban, which Delta said was a response to safety concerns. The agency said bans of service animals solely based on breed are not allowed. “The DOT’s final rule enables airlines to put the safety of all employees and customers first, while protecting the rights of customers who need to travel with trained service animals,” said Delta senior vice president of in-flight service Allison Ausband. ExploreDelta mauling puts focus on ‘support animal’ rules Delta said it has seen an 85{c93c05115eae7b2853c4a44517667f24b04dafe21463d3cb653b86ff5269b0fa} increase in animal incidents including urination, defecation and  

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  • Pets & Animal

    Emotional support animals rule for airlines is horse-sense compromise

    You’re reading Our View, one of two perspectives in Today’s Debate. For the Opposing View, read “New DOT rule is fundamentally unfair.” Airline passengers, who already have plenty to worry about amid the pandemic, will soon have one less source of stress: They won’t have to share their cramped row with an “emotional support” swine, turkey, marmoset monkey or unruly dog. Under a new rule issued last week by the Transportation Department, airlines will no longer be required to carry support animals in their cabins. It’s about time. The rule, which goes into  

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