Miniature horses an alternative to service dogs?
Debate over allowing animals in businesses
- Duration 4:55
- Date Mar 30, 2012
Debate over allowing animals in businesses
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Happening now a debate over a fairly new federal regulation that allows miniature horses.
To replace service dogs in some circumstances.
The rule is part of the Americans with disability act and it requires that service horses.
Also be allowed inside restaurants and businesses nationwide the -- seeing eye dogs are.
-- the horses are considered an alternative for disabled people who might be allergic to dogs or object to being around dogs on religious grounds.
Critics though say it's a lawsuit waiting to happen if especially if businesses don't know about the rule.
Monica Crowley is a radio talk show host and Fox News contributor -- were -- he is the former communications director for New Jersey senator Jon Corzine.
Also a Fox News contributor.
And apparently Monica one of these lawsuits has already been filed.
-- gentleman in California.
Says a couple of stores didn't let him -- because he uses one of these miniature horses to pull him in his wheelchair.
Yeah I was only a matter of time before you start to started seeing these kinds of lawsuits John look.
Everybody loves horses everybody wants the disabled -- -- what they need but the federal government doesn't have to be in the position.
Of legislating and regulating every possible contingency in life most of the -- most of the blind to have service animals do have service dogs.
And the reason for that is because dogs can be house broken.
-- they can be house broken so that they can go into public areas.
And areas like restaurants that have sanitary concerns never restaurants have to abide by a whole slew of local state and federal regulations for sanitary conditions.
Songs can be conditioned and trained to abide by those horses can not so we're talking about a completely different ballgame here.
And the number of people who actually are using miniature horses in lieu of dogs is very varies.
We should make clear that the video we're running is sort of you know generic B roll of these miniature horses they are awfully cute Julie -- I don't.
Don't necessarily know that I want to eat dinner next to one.
You know I actually ate dinner -- -- when I was out in California in the Monterey Peninsula which you can imagine is probably the forefront of this kind of behavior.
And that one -- of their had a miniature horse and we started talking to her about it and asked her why she wanted to miniature horse.
As opposed to a -- and she actually said it's because the worst is more stable.
Physically obviously much harder to dislodge so she felt more comfortable.
Would the words and that's -- -- that I had no problem meeting next to this course is she's seen in get a -- in incredibly.
But house to house broke in the war in incredibly friendly certainly wasn't -- wasn't taking so is that the job of the federal government to to make restaurant owners -- all horse into their businesses I think it's quite the opposite is actually deregulating which Canon cannot let it if that's failure you're disabled and you prefer to have a horse for a variety of reasons.
Why not I mean this isn't so the government telling you can't do something for changes of the government telling you can't do something as far as I'm concerned that's a good thing.
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I think is an extreme example you know there are many contingencies that could come up -- like countless.
Billions spent billions does that mean that the Washington federal government house to intervene in every single one make -- rule about it I don't think south.
Well instead of that why doesn't the government you know in some ways this is actually the government telling you you can't do something for a change as opposed to saying you can't do something for change why not I mean.
Look I have a doc had lots of bringing into restaurants you could sit in the back -- not -- -- do that in Europe you can do that.
You know it's so it better today this percent of the government telling you can't bring your horse and at the horse has trained specifically to assist to the horses trained to be.
Indoors insider restaurants why can't they do it I mean it's it's because I -- that there is an an issue here that a lot of horse experts on those who -- work recourse is all the time.
Say that they actually can't be house broken and that they're natural instinct is flight.
So if -- introducing a non house broken kind of non domesticated animal.
Into public spaces like restaurants you could have a real problem well -- Annie get your right in the sense that if one of these courses is not domesticated as not house broken awaited should be then you have a specific case.
But my understanding in what I -- what I witnessed personally is that these people you know -- course is our house broken this is the sweetest words that I stagnate next to.
Much very much like -- Donald and I had no problem with and.
Really you had a good experience and I guess that's a good thing I just don't want to be sitting in a restaurant when the horse next to me beside.
That he and the bathroom break and Holland say it until it's done Julie Leo Jordan's -- Monica Crowley thank you -- you.