I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this on my Facebook feed earlier this week. I have seen photos of people bringing all kind of animals as emotional support ones from dogs to pigs, but never seen a rooster before.
I have no idea who took the picture, when and where and whether it is a live animal (looks live for me though).
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Emotional Support Animals (access here):
An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of the disability, to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability. Emotional support animals are typically dogs and cats, but may include other animals. In order to be prescribed an emotional support animal by a physician or other medical professional, the person seeking such an animal must have a verifiable disability. To be afforded protection under United States federal law, a person must meet the federal definition of disability and must have a note from a physician or other medical professional stating that the person has that disability and that the emotional support animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability. An animal does not need specific training to become an emotional support animal.
And here about flying with one:
The Air Carrier Access Act establishes a procedure for modifying pet policies on aircraft to permit a person with a disability to travel with a prescribed emotional support animal, so long as they have appropriate documentation and the animal is not a danger to others and does not interfere with others (through unwanted attention, barking, inappropriate toileting, etc.).
In regards to airline policies affecting persons flying with animals, most airlines charge fees and require the animal to be in a cage that can fit under the seat; if a caged animal cannot be placed under the seat, the animal flies with the luggage. With emotional assistance animals, on the other hand, they are not required to be caged, nor are people charged for flying with an emotional support animal.
If someone truly needs an emotional support animal and brings a well behaving small animal such as cat or dog, I have no problem with it. When people start bringing pigs and roosters, however, I have no idea what is going on with this world.