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The following Note discusses the nuances associated with assistance animal regulations. Part I provides an in-depth overview of the current laws in place permitting certain rights to handlers of assistance animals under a variety of circumstances. Part II analyzes the abuses of assistance animal regulations and discusses the distinctions between service animals and emotional support animals. Part III discusses proposed solutions to streamline the regulations, including establishing a national registration system and increasing educational efforts to help minimize abuses under federal law.

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