Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs658043
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa letter.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a 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 companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop 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 objective 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 may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.