One of the greatest examples of where we have been as to what we have become is the issue of service animals. As pioneers we crossed our great land in stage coaches holding our therapy chickens for the two week crossing. Today, we feel the need to hold a peacock for a two-hour airplane flight.
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) created a mess when dealing with the issue of assistance animals. Since people were not required to prove that they were disabled and there were no programs for certifying assistance animals; people took advantage of the ACT to be able to keep their pets, when their landlord discovered that they were violating their lease agreement.
People pushed the issue for taking their pets on public transportation and now have reached the extreme by demanding that their pets be allowed on aircraft. There seems to be a contest as to who can go to the greatest extreme as to the size and type of animal that they choose as a therapy animal.