Make Emotional Support Animals equal to Assistance and Service Animals

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An emotional support animal (ESA) is a pet that is required for a person's ongoing mental health treatment by a licensed therapist, psychologist, doctor (GP) or any licensed mental health professional, as part of their ongoing treatment program that it is designed to bring comfort and minimize the negative symptoms of the person's emotional or psychological disability.

All domesticated animals may qualify as Emotional Support Animals and they can be any age, as these animals do not need any specific task-training like a service/assistance animal because their very presence alleviates the symptoms associated with a personal psychological or emotional disability and the only requirement is that the animal is fully under control in public and does not create a nuisance in or around the domestic environment.

The UK Emotional Support Animals Registry was established in 2017 to register emotional support animals in the United Kingdom to help people be able to go out in public with their support animal and to help change the current UK laws so they are on par with service & assistance animals, using the data collected from the registrations in the United Kingdom.

We are seeing the Gov next year as we now have data of over 1,000 registered ESAs in the UK and have proof on their use and the medical professionals who recommend them. So hopefully we will see a movement next year with this in relation to the law.

The incapacitating symptoms of Mental Health disabilities should be taken into account with the same level of concern and support.

When ESA animals are on par with Assistance and Service animals, the perspective that people have around the often stigmatized subject of Mental Health will surely improve along with the health of those affected.