Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4492548
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. 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, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, 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 might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies 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 once the owner can create a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who 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 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.