Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs1439979
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who 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 feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another 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 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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read 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, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place 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. As well as the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse 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 investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.