Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2866320
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people 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 feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa letter.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services 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 if the owner can produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In 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 who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But 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 many.
In the end, you cannot 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 ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.