Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6197279
Sadly, some individuals 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 machine. You hear some complain 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 use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party browse 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, do some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their 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 investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people 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.