Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2856525
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people 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 device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly 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 around the globe when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those 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 folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store 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 objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.