Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9586900
Sadly, some people 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 and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and use 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 your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so 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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
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 that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.