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The Guardian looks into the epidemic of emotional support animals in the US in this fascinating documentary. In recent years, more and more people are carrying around emotional support animals, but not everyone is happy about it.

In this documentary, we meet some people who use animals for emotional support. Their mostly used as a way to help people get over depression. Although they aren’t usually prescribed, people can get notes from their doctors endorsing the use of their emotional support animal. This means that they can take to them into different places, in the same way that people with guide dogs can override “no dogs or pets” policies.

America's "Emotional Support Animal" Epidemic image of emotional support animal

But how far are people really taking this? In this doc, we meet one man who’s emotional support animal is a small alligator. Yes, you read that right! Some people say that there’s not enough science that shows that these animals are really helping people. Also, industries around getting people emotional support animals are popping up everywhere. Although some of these are legit, there are concerns about some of the providers and the wooly legal nature of the animals themselves.

The Guardian|Emotional Support Animals|Documentary

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