Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs8040803
Sadly, some individuals 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a 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 many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.