Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8850078
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary has 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 many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to create.
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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people 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.