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Court fight looms over Sainsbury's cat ban

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Posted: 27/05/22 - 11:15
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A man with autism is taking supermarket giant Sainsbury's to court for refusing entry to his assistance cat.

Designer and writer Ian Fenn from London says the ban on Chloe, who helps him in daily life, is limiting his independence.

He says she helps him stay calm, but the supermarket argues that cats, unlike assistance dogs, present risks to food hygiene.

The case might set a legal precedent if it has to be ruled on by top judges.

Sainsbury's says it is working with an environmental health team to find out how Ian and his cat can visit safely.

I Call Bull: Double BULL on this for me, firstly it is never going to go to court and secondly there is no way that cat should be in a store. how on earth can food stores govern what cats are 'trained' and what cats are just out for a walk with their owners.

If they let this in I'm taking my dog in under the same premise and lets see how they feel about that!

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34 days
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I keep thinking that this is a joke. Is the cat on a lead? Is the cat in a box? Or does he want it just roaming free about the store?
35 days
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Must be a slow news day especially bearing in mind this lazy reporting hasn't even bothered to get a Sainsburys shop in the background.
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If it is not officially recognised as an assistance animal it really is shaky ground to let it in as every mad 'cat person' will just use the same excuse now