Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs8347676
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the system.
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 had to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more difficult 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 your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
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 if the owner can create a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals 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 benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people 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 price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make 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 within the great condition of California have equal access under law.