Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9522546
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those 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 think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.
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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people 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 take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their 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, could well 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 few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.