Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3403258
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those 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 feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people that lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal 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 in the great condition of California have equal access under law.