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Discrimination Law Going to the Dogs?

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  1. Frank says:

    I’m very sympathetic with the pet owners described in the article. If we’re really going to put mental health needs on a parity with physical health needs, shouldn’t these pets be recognized as therapy and reasonably accommodated?

    Japanese researchers have had a lot of success helping the elderly by providing them with robotic (but furry) seal pups that emit cooing sounds:

    http://www.temple.edu/ispr/examples/ex03_12_05.html

    I know the animals may have externalities–barking, etc. But if there’s strict enforcement of rules against those types of disturbances, they should be allowed. As for the market solution: in many urban housing markets, it’s a seller’s market. (Vacancies in Manhattan are about 1% now, I think.)

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