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We have been surprised and dismayed to see that people working in the European Parliament and the European Commission have no idea of the constant problems faced by disabled people with assistance dogs.  

In Brussels, where European laws are made, taxi drivers often refuse to take a guide dog and sometimes the police support the taxi driver rather than the disabled person.  Hotels try to charge extra for an assistance dog; restaurants refuse service to a guide dog owner.  And it can be much worse in countries that do not have a culture of accepting dogs or where guide dogs are extremely rare.

Eurocrats seem to believe that when the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified, the problem was solved.  But we know that every day in every country assistance dog owners are inconvenienced and even humiliated by being refused goods and services by people who do not know or do not apply the convention.  

By signing our petition you support the need for a European law to guarantee that assistance dog users have full access rights to all public areas and facilities.

Please note that you do not have to be European to sign the petition; it asks for your nationality and every nationality in the world is included in the drop-down list.  We would be grateful if you take the time to support this petition wherever you are in the world.

How to sign the petition:
1. Follow this link: and complete the form.
2. You will be sent an email saying that the account is created; click on the link to log in.
3.  Click on "Support a petition".
4.  Search on our petition number "1140/2015".  A summary of the petition is at the bottom of the screen.
5.  Click on "View" and then  "Support" and the job is done.  

We have reached over 300 signatures.  We would like to see the number climb to over 1000, which would make it one of the fastest-growing petitions in the European Parliament.  If you spread the word in your organisation and every guide dog trainer and user in Europe makes the effort to sign, we could achieve an amazing 15,000 signatures.  Why not do it now and watch the number grow?

We are aware that the petitions website is difficult for blind people to access without help.  When we raised this problem with the EP Petitions Department, they suggested that we start a petition to request that the site be more accessible!