OMG! This video could not have presented itself at a more opportune time. I was just about to criticize the whole service animal issue in California.
I support service animal use, however, not for emotional support. If you need an animal for emotional support, the animal does not need to go into the supermarket/restaurant; you can wait outside in the car while your guests/assistants take care of your business for you. And if you must go into the market/restaurant, your animal MUST be wearing the identification clothing.
Once again, people – #IHatePeople – have taken advantage of a law meant to be assistive to people with real AMBULATORY disabilities. I have a dog that I would love to accompany me everywhere. If I am rigorously honest with myself, I only want him to accompany me because I hate the thought of him alone at home. Though, I’ll admit, it would be nice to have him with me 24/7 though.
The irony is that I am now seeking housing assistance and I want to have a home where my dog can live with me…he does provide emotional support for me. As such, my psychologist is prepared to assist me with service animal application.
If I ever do take my dog out somewhere, you can bet he will be properly identified while we are out!
Ha! I just went to the ADA (American Disability Act) website to make sure I was correct in my critique. From their frequently asked questions page:
Q3. Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
A. No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. However, some State or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotional support animals into public places. You may check with your State and local government agencies to find out about these laws.
And quesiton eight is a complete contradiction. If a handicapped person must identify their vehicle as such for parking privileges, why not an animal. Proper identification would alleviate peoples fears, questions, etcetera.
Q8. Do service animals have to wear a vest or patch or special harness identifying them as service animals?
A. No. The ADA does not require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.
I emailed the Department of Justice regarding proper clothing ID on ALL service animals. I’ll post my reply as soon as I get one. Sorry, I forgot to include a copy of my message to them…let me see if I can get it…
You forgot to include ADA in your topics…anyway, ADA does not require id of service animal, yet handicap require id on their cars. What the fuck! I demand id of service animals, especially when they are in a food-related business (restaurant/grocery market). employees say they cannot challenge animals in their business. BULLSHIT! Proper clothing ID of service animals would resolve this. How do I get the law changed?