Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6165884
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 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 that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who 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 around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make 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 in the great condition of California have equal access under law.