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Separating the sheep from the goats: when is an ‘assistance animal’ a pet?

27 Sep 2016
Dr Paul Harpur
Dr Paul Harpur

Most of us wouldn’t question the need for a blind person to have their seeing-eye dog with them as they travel in the community, but what if it was an assistance rat or a cat?

What if your employee said they needed to take their lemur to work to assist with psychological problems?

How do you manage an environment where you have a person with their assistance rat seated next to another with an assistance cat? 

Should all assistance animals be professionally accredited?

These are some of the issues to be discussed at a Brisbane workshop this week, organised by University of Queensland law researcher and lecturer Dr Paul Harpur.

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