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    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    Agoraphobia Service Monkey Lawsuit Rejected; Seizure Alert Ferret Kicked Out of Mall


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    Today was a big day for non-canine service animal news: Service ferret kicked out of mall; agoraphobia monkey suit rejected by courts. Follow on my New York Times Magazine article, Creature Comforts.

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    “Seeing Eye Horse” – Good Morning America Segment on Non-Canine Service Animals Misses Key Issues


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    Good Morning America’s segment today on non-canine service animals was a classic oversimplification of a complex story that makes one of the most common media mistakes: it focuses on the quirk without getting into any of the serious issues involved.

    Saturday, February 28th, 2009

    Producer Seeks Non-Canine Service Animal Users for Documentary Film


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    A documentary film is being planned based on my recent NYTimes Magazine story on the use of non-canine service animals. It’s producers are looking for subjects to interview.

    Thursday, February 5th, 2009

    DOJ Withdraws ADA Changes That Would Ban Non-Canine Service Animals


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    The Department of Justice has withdrawn its proposed ADA regulations that would have banned the use of assistance monkeys, birds, miniature horses, etc.

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    New DOJ Head

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    A few hours ago, Joe Biden swore in the new head of the Department of Justice — the first African American Attorney General in history. […]

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    ADA Changes Not Approved Before Obama Innaguration


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    Because the sweeping DOJ changes to the Americans With Disabilities Act were the only Bush Administration regulations under review that weren’t approved before Obama was inaugurated as president today, monkeys, miniature horses, parrots, ducks and everything else can legally qualify as service animals (for now)

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009

    DOJ’s Proposed Ban of Non-canine Service Animals Is Bad News for Disabled Muslims


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    The question of service animal species also turns out to be a question of religious freedom

    Friday, January 9th, 2009

    Service Animals on the Radio, a Horse Fetching a Beer, Plus Blog Maintenance Downtime


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    Links to updates, radio interviews and a funny video while ScienceBlogs is down for an upgrade.

    Thursday, January 8th, 2009

    DOJ’s Proposal and Rationale for Allowing Psychiatric Service Animals (dogs only)


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    The DOJ’s newly proposed definition of service animal includes psychiatric service animals but excludes non-canine species.

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    DoJ’s Rationale Behind Banning Non-Canine Service Animals


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    Leaked DOJ documents reveal details of its proposed ban on all non-canine service animals.

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