Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4906649
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the system.
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 that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and 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 to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then 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 we as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store 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 purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.