Unethical/misleading advertisement

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Doktor J

29 Jan, 2020 05:33 AM

I spotted the following ad on the site today, and upon following the link confirmed that it is what I was afraid it is (see attached).

Basically it's a site that issues "certificates" for "emotional support animals", and claims you can require businesses to allow you to bring your dog anywhere. The only animals the ADA applies to are specially trained service animals, and these certificates are only valid for raising a stink about trying to bring your dog into places pet's aren't allowed.

In addition to being intentionally misleading, businesses such as this advertiser make life more difficult for disabled persons with trained service animals to get the accommodations they are legally entitled to.

Basically, if Joe patronizes a restaurant with his Chihuahua "Fluffy" in tow, management will (rightly) ask him to not bring his dog in. Waving his "emotional support animal" certificate in their face, making a scene about how he is "legally" allowed to do so. The dog yaps and growls, annoying patrons and generating complaints to management and/or online reviews, because that certification has no rigid training requirements. Now several months later, Alex comes in with his trained service dog, and staff may harass him due to their negative experience with the previous (not-a-)service dog.

In that scenario, the restaurant is wrongfully put in an uncomfortable position, having to try to distinguish "support pets" from actual service animals (and no, a vest/collar/etc is not sufficient, anyone can buy those online ), and disabled people with actual trained service animals get maligned because of irresponsible people with "emotional support animals".

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 30 Jan, 2020 02:48 PM

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    Hello, and thanks for asking.

    The short explanation is simply that we don't screen our ads; they're supplied by a couple of different agencies. In some cases (the Google ones) they can be closed, by clicking the X in the corner, but in others they cannot.

    The longer explanation for our ad policy is here. https://helpdesk.dailykos.com/kb/subscriptions-donations-and-advertising/site-policy-re-commercial-advertising

    It is possible to purchase a site subscription ($40/year) if you're interested, which gives you the capacity to turn off the display of ads. Our ad portal is temporarily out of service, but if you like I can supply the details about paying for a subscription by check.

    Thanks again.

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