Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8650795
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business 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 people have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence is not always 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 companies that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up 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. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However 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 many.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.