Operationalizing the Test for Protection in Australia and Canada: Distinguishing between Disability Assistance Animals and Pets
Ellen Wood, Paul Harpur, Martie-Louise Verreynne and Nancy Pachana Australian Regulatory Responses to disability Service animals, 4 February 2017, Co-Hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at MCMASTER UNIVERSITY (CANADA) And The TC Beirne SCHOOL Of Law At The University Of Queensland (Australia)
Posted: 14 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 4, 2017
This conference paper presents the findings of a conference co-hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University (Canada) and the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland (Australia). The discussion centred on the jurisdictional differences in the regulatory responses to disability service animals that are owner-trained in both Australia and Canada. This conference served as a timely discussion about a very vague area in the law worldwide. It is increasingly prevalent for disability assistance animals to be trained by their owners, rather than through established guide dog and assistance dog associations, which has been the traditionally common approach. Through analysis of the current legislative framework in Australia and Canada, and evaluation of several significant cases on this topic, participants stressed concerns with the current state of the law and called on legislative reform to strike a balance between the needs of the disabled and the confidence of service providers and the public as to standards of assistance animals in public places.
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