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To: The House of Commons

Emotional Assistance Pet Act

Emotional Assistance Pet Act

To grant the right for people in rented accommodation who are struggling with emotional distress, depression – to keep a pet regardless of any “No Pet Clause”.

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Why is this important?

The petition of residents of United Kingdom,

Declares that there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social, and emotional well-being of humans and that the human-animal emotional bond does not differ from the one that we sustain in relation to close family members; further that the twenty-first century is the beginning of the revolution in ethics related to scientific evidence regarding consciousness in animals – now confirmed that it is astonishingly close to humans; further that mental health services in the UK are overstretched, have long waiting times and a lack specialist services in some regions; further that the Mental Health Foundation also recognises the value of “pet therapy” in suicide prevention and treating depression leading to it; further that there is no scientific research to support the thesis that tenants who have pets are worse, more difficult or cause more damage to properties than those who do not; and further that almost all tenancy agreements, by default, contain a no pet clause, which is nothing more than a prejudiced practice, as a result, people who have pets are especially victimised in their attempt to simply put a roof over their heads in this difficult housing crisis context.

Therefore, the petitioners request that the House of Commons urges the Government to introduce legislation that recognises the importance of the emotional relationship of man and their non-human family members; further to put the interest of the most vulnerable and the public interest above the right of the property owners if the property is a subject of commercial gain; and further that the legislation should allow the emotional support animal access in housing facilities, even when the complex has a no pet policy or breed/weight discriminatory policies.

How it will be delivered

In September, I once again set up the online petition that was approved and is currently live.
Additionally, I decided to submit a paper version of my petition, known as a public petition, and once I verified its content/format with the Clerk of Public Petitions, it was sent to my local MP Grant Shapps to make it formal and I intend to add all signatures collected here to our paper petition.

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2018-06-21 18:36:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-11-24 11:02:40 +0000

10 signatures reached

2017-11-22 18:34:39 +0000

"Dear Sophia,

Thank you for your email below. Grant has asked me to get back to you on his behalf.

I’m pleased to be able to tell you that Grant presented this petition to the petition bag in Parliament yesterday evening. I have attached for your information a photograph of Grant doing it.

With kind regards
Nicholas Langley
Office of The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

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