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Comfort animal craze is turning air travel into a zoo

Comfort animal craze is turning air travel into a zoo

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel.You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you.Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He belongs to the person in the seat on the other side of him, and he is a manifestation of a new item, or the metastasizing of an old item, on America’s menu of rights.Fortunately, the federal government is on the case, so you can relax and enjoy the flight.The rapid recent increase of emotional-support animals in airplane cabins is an unanticipated consequence of a federal law passed with the best of intentions, none of which pertained to Dexter the peacock, more about whom anon. In 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told providers of public housing that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandates “reasonable accommodations” for persons who require “assistance animals.”The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 allows access to animals trained to provide emotional support. Federal guidelines say airlines must allow even emotional-support animals that have a potential to “offend or annoy” passengers, but that airlines are allowed to — let us not sugarcoat this — discriminate  —against some “unusual” animals. Studies have purported to show that people living with pets derive myriad benefits, including lower cholesterol.A Washington Post report says “horses are used to treat sex addiction.” Thank you, Post, for not elaborating.But the proliferation of emotional-support animals suggests that a cult of personal fragility is becoming an aspect of the quest for the coveted status of victim.The cult is especially rampant in colleges and universities, which increasingly embrace the therapeutic mission of assuaging the anxieties of the emotionally brittle.There, puppies are deployed to help students cope with otherwise unbearable stresses, such as those caused by final exams or rumors of conservatism.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Southwest rather sternly says that passengers accompanied by emotional-support animals had better have papers from credentialed experts certifying “a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — Fourth Edition.”But the DSM already accords the status of disability to almost every imaginable human trait or quirk and is eager to imagine new ones.Delta experienced a nearly one-year doubling of what it delicately calls “incidents” (urinating, defecating, biting).“Farm poultry,” hedgehogs and creatures with tusks are unwelcome on Delta, which is going to be alert regarding the booming market for forged documents attesting to emotional neediness.The Association of Flight Attendants is pleased, perhaps because one of its members was asked to give a dog oxygen because the dog’s owner said it was having a panic attack.Now, let us, as the lawyers say, stipulate a few things. Quadrupeds, and no-peds like Oscar, have done a lot less damage to the world than have bipeds, and often are better mannered than many of today’s human air travelers.Animals can be comforting to anyone and can be therapeutic to the lonely, the elderly with symptoms of senescence, and soldiers and others suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.center_img Yet a New York photographer and performance artist named, according to The Associated Press, Ventiko recently was denied the right to board her Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her “emotional-support peacock,” for whom Ventiko had bought a ticket.And there is a 29-year-old traveler who insists that she cannot “think about life without” Stormy, her emotional-support parakeet. So, if Oscar’s owner says Oscar provides support, and the owner lawyers up.In contemporary America, where whims swiftly become necessities en route to becoming government-guaranteed entitlements, it is difficult to draw lines.Besides, lines are discouraged lest someone (or some species?) be “stigmatized” by being “marginalized.” The line JetBlue has drawn dehumanizes snakes. Yes, they are not technically human, but don’t quibble.Anyway, soon enough there will be a lobby (“Rights for Reptiles”?), and lobbies are precursors to entitlements.JetBlue is attempting to fly between the Scylla of passengers discomforted by a duck waddling down the aisle (even though it is wearing a diaper; this has happened more than once) and the Charybdis of animal advocates who are hypersensitive to speciesism, aka anti-pet fascism.JetBlue says that “unusual animals” such as “snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders” are verboten, even as emotional-support animals.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Hoops Results

Lady Cardinals Hoops Results

first_imgThe 7th and 8th Lady Cardinals had their first home game of the season.  Both teams won, but they were close games to the end.7th grade Lady Cards won with a score of 19-17.  Leading scorers for SLS were Alyssa Wanstrath, Olivia Raab, Lilly Wonnell, and Emma Weberding all with 4, and Ava Allen with 3 points.  All of the girls played hard on defense.  Nice job ladies.8th grade Lady Cards won with a score of 17-13.  Getting points for SLS were Grace Eckstein, Lauren Gutzwiller, and Pam Meneses all with 4pts, Betsy Harmeyer with 3pts, and Emma Weberding with 2pts.  Great job on defense and stealing the ball.Good job ladies!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.The St Louis 5th Grade Lady Cardinals improved to 2-2 on the season with a win over the St Lawrence Panthers (Lawrenceburg) last night 30-9.The Lady Cardinals had a break-out offensive performance scoring 30 points while playing very solid defense holding the Panthers to 9, 7 of which came from free throws.  Kate Weber led all scoring with 12 points, Claire Saner, Madison Wanstrath and Lea Cossentino added 4 each, while Sadie Wachsman, Izza Wonnell and Lilly Schebler each had 2 points.  Izzi Price, Rhea Miller and Isabel Fitzgerald also contributed through strong play on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are in action again on Thursday (2/2) at Mt Carmel (Cedar Grove).The Lady Cardinals 6th Grade team were defeated 21-15.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse: Saints make winning return to Europe

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse: Saints make winning return to Europe

first_imgEuropa League third round qualification match, St Mary’s – Southampton 3 (Pelle 36, Tadic 45+1, Long 84) Vitesse 0–Southampton made a winning return to European action as they recorded a one-sided 3-0 victory over Dutch side Vitesse at St Mary’s in the Europa League third round qualifying match.Playing their first match in Europe since 2003, it took just 36 minutes for Southampton’s top goalscorer last season Graziano Pelle to get on the score-sheet as he latched onto a fantastic pass from Sadio Mane to finish into the top corner. Dusan Tadic doubled the home side’s advantage from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time after Sadio Mane was caught just inside the box.A mistake from Lewis Baker, on loan from Chelsea, gifted Southampton possession in a dangerous position and substitute Shane Long added a third six minutes before the end after latching onto a cross from debutant Juanmi.The Saints were expecting a tough match against boss Ronald Koeman’s former club but it couldn’t have been much easier for the Premier League outfit who controlled the match from almost start to finish.Koeman will be particularly pleased with the contribution of new boy Cedric who constantly threatened from full-back as well as the attacking performance of Sadio Mane. Southampton travel to Holland for the away fixture next Thursday before taking on Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday on the opening day of the Premier League.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more