Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4622278
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.