Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now 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 feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.
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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party browse 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, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer 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 we as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.