Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9103668
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now 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 think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa letter.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to create.
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 help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks 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 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 make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.