Protected or Not? Defining and Proving Protection for Disability Assistance Animals in Australia, Ireland and the UK

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 Last revised: 22 May 2017

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Ellen Wood

University of Queensland

Paul Harpur

University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Martie‐Louise Verreynne

University of Queensland

Nancy Pachana

University of Queensland

Date Written: February 9, 2017

Abstract

The role of assistance animals in society is becoming increasingly prevalent. Assistance animals play a critical part in enabling persons with disabilities to alleviate the negative impact of their disability, and yet the laws on this issue present a confusing state of affairs worldwide. In a conference co-hosted by the National University Ireland, Leeds University and the University of Queensland, the jurisdictional differences between Australia, Ireland and the UK in defining and proving protection for disability assistance animals was discussed. Through analysis of the current legislative framework in each jurisdiction, and despite having completely different anti-discrimination laws, the participants identified several common problems evident in all jurisdictions in defining assistance animals. The conference concluded in a discussion of the next approach that is necessary to adequately defined assistance animals in order to provide disabled persons with the appropriate protection from discrimination.

Suggested Citation

Wood, Ellen and Harpur, Paul David and Verreynne, Martie‐Louise and Pachana, Nancy, Protected or Not? Defining and Proving Protection for Disability Assistance Animals in Australia, Ireland and the UK (February 9, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2918596

Ellen Wood

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Paul David Harpur (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Martie‐Louise Verreynne

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Nancy Pachana

University of Queensland

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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