Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3154385
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 a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as 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 when the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give a document with 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 yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting 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 in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.