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AustraliaAcclaimed author and poet is left 'distressed' after being barred from a Qantas flight because of her emotional support dog

18:06  15 may  2019
18:06  15 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Emotional support animals are typically dogs and cats, but may be members of other animal These are often invisible disabilities, because they are normally not visible. The owner's mental health which document the need for an emotional support animal.[20] Mere emotional distress that would

Pebbles is just the latest emotional support animal to make headlines in the US. In January, an emotional support peacock named Dexter was barred from traveling on a United Airlines flight , despite having been “This was a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of her hand.”

An acclaimed writer has been left in a state of distress after Qantas barred her from boarding a flight with her disability support dog.

Acclaimed author and poet is left 'distressed' after being barred from a Qantas flight because of her emotional support dog© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fiona Wright, 36, has a flight booked from Sydney to Alice Springs on Friday to attend the NT Writers' Festival Fiona Wright, 36, has a flight booked from Sydney to Alice Springs on Friday to attend the NT Writers' Festival.

The Sydney-based writer is now unsure if she can attend the event after Qantas denied her request to allow her dog Virginia to board too.

Acclaimed author and poet is left 'distressed' after being barred from a Qantas flight because of her emotional support dog© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Sydney-based writer is now unsure if she can attend the event after Qantas denied her request to allow her dog Virginia to board too

Ms Wright has Virginia to help with her mental health conditions, which includes anxiety.

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When she refused to leave and take her squirrel with her , the police were called. The woman and the squirrel were removed from the Tuesday evening flight by the police. The incident followed others where an “ emotional support peacock”, Dexter, was barred from boarding a flight with its owner

Virginia was trained and certified by mindDog, a not-for-profit organisation based in New South Wales.

Despite providing extensive documentation seven weeks ago, Mr Wright's request has been denied, with Qantas claiming the service dog does not meet the required standards to fly in the cabin.

'It's been incredibly stressful and this is the case for a lot of people who live with disability, and especially psychiatric disability, ' she told ABC News.

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She even knows when I need her and she will come to me when I am upset or facing a panic attack. To be a real Emotional Support Animal owner, you must have an ESA letter awarded by a therapist Because of this, they are not eligible to receive the reasonable accommodations commonly extended

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'I've done everything they've asked, spent hours chasing up qualifications and letters and forms from all of the people I've worked with, even answered insulting and probably-illegal questions about the nature of my disability,' she said on Twitter.

Who is Fiona Wright?

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney

She wrote Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger won the 2016 Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction

Her book was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Award

Her first poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award

'All of my evidence that my dog is a fully-trained and certified assistance dog is not enough for Qantas.

'This whole process has been deeply upsetting and taken up a ton of my time and energy. This is out and out discrimination Qantas, and I will be following this up with the Human Rights Commission,' she said.

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Emotional support dogs have specific access rights and do not require specialized training. In order for your current dog to be recognized as an ESA, you must have a written letter from a mental If your dog is lacking in these skills, you may want to seek professional training to help curb his/ her

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A Qantas spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the airline understood that 'this is disappointing for Ms Wright'.

He said they would be following up with the author.

'We've been working with her for several weeks to explain Qantas' requirements, including the requirements we need to ensure that the dog is trained appropriately to travel inside the cabin.

Acclaimed author and poet is left 'distressed' after being barred from a Qantas flight because of her emotional support dog© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Qantas is claiming the service dog does not meet the required standards to fly in the cabin

'Qantas is bound by federal legislation including CASA regulations to ensure all service dogs travelling in the cabin meet the required standards, including training standards.

'Unfortunately in this case, on the information provided, Qantas could not be satisfied that mindDog training met the training standards required.

'Qantas has successfully worked with dozens of other training providers to ensure their standards met Qantas' obligations under legislation and CASA regulations.'

Cath Phillips, the head of the mindDog organisation, told ABC News they stand behind their clients and their dogs.

'Qantas won't fly mindDogs although all of the other airlines do ... Virgin, Jetstar, and so far all international airlines that have been asked carry our dogs with no problems.

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