The Conversation: Regulating Emotional Support Animals

Mar 6, 2018

Service Dogs of Hawaii Fi-Do in Wahiawa, HI.
Credit Molly Hayden / U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Dogs in service vests are an increasingly common sight in public spaces. But it may surprise you to learn that there is little legal regulation over the training and certification of service dogs and emotional support animals. Lawmakers here in Hawaii are considering a bill that would begin to change that.


Bill Hoshijo, Executive Director, Hawaii Civil Rights Commission

Francine Wai, Executive Director, Disability and Communication Access Board, Hawaii Department of Health