Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4106026
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the 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 device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore 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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of folks who 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 in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.