Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs138651
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now 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 system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a 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 individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 business owners that make registrations services just 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, or game regulations? 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 we as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.