‘Ser­vice’ an­i­mals need a sec­ond look

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

The suc­cess of a just-passed bill, to im­pose fines on those who fraud­u­lently claim their pets as ser­vice an­i­mals, de­pends on sham­ing peo­ple into com­pli­ance.

Ac­tu­ally prov­ing a dog or cat or cock­a­too is not a ser­vice an­i­mal will be tough. So pro­pri­etors of busi­nesses who ques­tion the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of their pres­ence on the premises will need to ask the pointed ques­tions.

Own­ers should be able to ex­plain how an an­i­mal di­rectly counters a dis­abil­ity. And if a case can be made for the cock­a­too, then so be it. But a raised eye­brow can be a pretty ef­fec­tive deter­rent.

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