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Monkey business

Mark Mardell | 23:15 UK time, Thursday, 22 October 2009

It appears to be the end of road for Richard the monkey's career as a "service animal", on the lines of a guide dog for the blind.
This does not appear to be discrimination against Richard, purely because he is a primate, although he has been banned from stores and restaurants which might not have barred a pooch. It is because his owner, a Missouri woman, claims she need his company to prevent panic attacks in public. A Federal judge has agreed with those who argue that Richard is a mere therapy animal or even - such lack of respect - a mere pet.


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