Kicker: Seeking emotional support from bees

NICK EICHER, HOST: You might recall the story last year of an airline passenger who wanted to bring her emotional support peacock with her on the plane. That was part of a growing trend toward designating unusual pets as emotional support animals. 

Well, an Arizona man created quite a buzz recently when he registered a highly unusual pet. Actually, he registered hundreds of them—an entire hive of bees.   

David Keller told WTRF TV he believes many people abuse the “service animal” designation. So he registered the beehive on a service animal registration website to prove a point.

KELLER: To bring awareness to the issue that anyone can do this.

Many service animal registration websites may give users the impression that they’re officially or legally designating their pets as service animals. But in many cases that “registration” is entirely meaningless.

KELLER: It’s making people believe that all animals are service animals when they’re not, and there’s a clear difference.

Under federal law, only specially trained dogs can serve as service animals and in some cases, miniature horses!

Now, I’m no lawyer and Mary’s not here today to ask, but that seems like no peacocks or honeybees allowed.

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