Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2265
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.