Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3303285
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly 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 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 their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is esa letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people 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 once the owner can produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.