Life is Simple: Emotional Support Animals

You probably saw the news clip a few weeks ago of the girl at the water park holding her pet alligator on a leash. City officials, who were in charge of overseeing the park, allowed the animal to accompany the young girl because she claimed the reptile was an emotional support animal.

It was difficult for me to determine the size of the alligator from the photo as I am unfamiliar with estimating the weight of alligators as they go through the sales ring at the local cattle auction , but it seemed to be somewhere around four to five feet in length, about the same as the height of the young woman at the other end of the leash.

My first thought was what kind of parent would allow their young daughter to lead a potentially deadly animal in a public place? Looking back to when my sons were around that age, I remember times when I would have liked to feed them to an alligator, but I had enough restraint not to really follow through.

Over the past few years we have seen people boarding airplanes and entering other public places with strange creatures of all types under the guise of emotional support animals.

I guess I’m more than a little old fashioned, but when I think of emotional support animals, I think of dogs, maybe cats, and maybe (worst case scenario) a gerbil. However, at this time people are allowed to enter public spaces with their individual versions of support animals which can include everything from chickens, snakes, lizards, pigs, llamas and ferrets to…alligators. .

The story of the alligators made me start wondering what our favorite animal rights group would think.

Certainly, taking a wild animal out of its original environment, restraining it in a harness and leading it on a leash would be severely criticized. But no, their official position is that caring and loving people who share their home with an animal and that said animal can provide support and companionship in return are completely acceptable.

The animal rights group that thinks it’s perfectly okay to lead around an alligator in a city park is the same one that criticizes and condemns those of us who are involved in animal husbandry.

My dog ​​provides constant companionship and support in my daily activities, and far be it from me to wonder if the alligator does the same for its human counterpart.

I learned my lesson from this story; however, the next time I am approached by one of the people criticizing me for my job, I will simply remind them that my cattle are an emotional support animal for me.

You can never have too much emotional support.

Copyright 2022, Jerry Crownover

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