Crjs452 / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 ALBANY – A new law in New York State now prohibits housing providers from discriminating against a person who relies on an animal for help alleviating the symptoms or effects of a disability.According to the Governor’s Office, housing providers must now provide reasonable accommodation by permitting a support animal to live in a home that otherwise would have prohibited pets.“New Yorkers have zero tolerance for discrimination of any type and this measure will protect some of the most vulnerable among us who require a support animal to help function in their daily lives,” Governor Cuomo said.However, the language of the bill does not make a clearly identify what kind of animal training or services are covered. According to the National Service Animal Registry and the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice, “support animal” and “service animal” are distinct categories:“A service dog is specially trained to perform a function or job for an owner that has a physical, intellectual, or emotional disability. An emotional support animal serves as more of a companion for the owner. A service dog may still be able to provide the comfort of an emotional support animal, but it has been trained to complete tasks that a support dog will not.”“Because [emotional support animals] have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA,” the DOJ says. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Tunisia’s Bardo Museum to reopen after deadly attackTunisia is set to reopen the Bardo Museum to the public with a grand ceremony on Tuesday less than a week after gunmen killed at least 20 people including tourists.The move comes as the government continued a crack down on suspected militants and beefing up security.Many members of the public have welcomed President Essebsi’s move to fire top Tunis security chiefs following last week’s jihadist attack, in which 20 people lost their lives.A concert and a public rally are expected, with museum officials saying they want to show the world that the gunmen “haven’t achieved their goal”.On Monday, Tunisia’s prime minister dismissed six police chiefs.Two of the gunmen were killed by the security forces during last Wednesday’s attack, while a third is on the run, officials said.The attack was the deadliest in Tunisia since the uprising which led to the overthrow of long-serving ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.Suspects have been arrested over the attack but just two gunmen were thought to have raided the museum.They are said to have been trained in Libya in an area controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.