Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9576552
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, 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 owners that make registrations services just like 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 when the owner can produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort 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. Not to mention the number of people who 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 price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.