Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs962919
Sadly, many 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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think 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 that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world 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 some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies 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 when the owner can create a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.