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Millennials are much more likely to enjoy their job and want to stay in it if they are allowed to bring their pets to work, according to a recent survey by Nationwide Insurance. And a millennial who sued the Meeker Housing Authority in Denver, Colorado for violating the federal rights of tenants with disabilities by charging a fee for companion animals recently agreed to settle his case against the authority for nearly $1 million. Millennials are increasingly forcing a change in U.S. society’s attitudes toward pets.
Why This Matters: Both these stories demonstrate what the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, people have a special bond with their pets — studies show that the benefits of having a pet include decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and enhanced feelings of well-being. The Nationwide survey showed this is particularly true for millennials, who are far more likely Generation Xers and baby boomers to value a pet-friendly work environment. Animals as companions provide a connection to the natural world that may help many of us to understand the importance of the natural world. We rely on animals for far more than just food and labor. And as the millennial generation matures, their influence on animal-friendly policies is likely to grow.
In its report on the top companies, Rover.com said that “Today, 40 percent of all workers feel overworked and pressured, and dogs can offer much-needed relief in an office environment.”
The Denver Lawsuit’s Outcome Was Not Surprising. The judge in the case had ruled several months ago that the housing authority’s $300 fee and its denial of requests for an exception by the tenants with disabilities was a violation of federal law.
One of the plaintiffs, 23-year-old A.J. White, suffered from severe depression and often refused to get out of bed until he and his father adopted two cats, and another had been diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety, including panic attacks and found her dog help her cope.
Why This Matters: COVID-19 detecting dogs could be immensely helpful in rooting out the disease in places where it might otherwise be hard to detect, such as sporting events, airports to find the virus on surfaces, and border crossings, and places where early detection is important, like nursing homes and retirement communities, and by helping to screen people within the medical care sector who test positive so as to avoid unnecessary quarantines for those who have been exposed.
By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]
Park Rangers at National Parks that have been closed for many weeks have observed things they had never seen before. For example, pronghorn antelope in the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley National Park, and at Yosemite, with traffic a distant memory, deer, bobcats, and black bears have made their way into Yosemite Valley and are […]
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