Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8982408
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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to 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 may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we 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 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.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.