This article tells us about the “epidemic” of people using fake service animals to get special treatment that the rest of the public cannot get. First, that word “epidemic” does not mean what you think it means.
1. It goes unsaid that the non-fake service animals and owners are also getting special treatment that the rest of us cannot get… BY DESIGN.
2. It’s not just the service dog racket that is under attack by fakers. A far bigger scam is the disabled special parking places. It is getting to the point where I can’t remember the last time I have seen a really disabled person getting out of or into a car with disability tags on it. According to DMV records, 10% of the registered vehicles in DC have disability tags.
3. Remember, no one would have these special tags if there were not a “Free” benefit being given away. That benefit is the best parking in every parking lot. Right in front of the doors and with lots of extra space on both sides of your car so some dick doesn’t scratch your new Beemer/Escalade/Vette. All you need to get one is to have your doctor sign the forms. And why wouldn’t he? He isn’t responsible for making that stupid ADA or for enforcing it. No one asked him if he wanted the extra workload of certifying if his patients were disabled, infirm, weak, FAT, or injured enough to “need” being 50 yards closer to the entrance to every store.
4. When bleeding heart people write stupid laws with predictable consequences, expect other rational people to exploit those consequences until it collapses.
“This is safety issue for people with disabilities and the general public,” Davis said.
She knows firsthand what it’s like to be in a situation involving a fake service dog that threatens the safety of those around it.
“My second assistance dog was actually attacked by a dog at a professional conference by someone who was trying to pass off their pet as an assistance dog who had no business being in public,” she said.
5. This isn’t a problem because of fake service animals. It is a problem CAUSED by all those laws that permit you to have a service animal. Before that, business owners could tell everyone to leave their animals at home. Problem solved. Now, since business owners have no choice, enter the exploiters. And no, it isn’t “better” for everyone when only the “valid” service animals have access.
“There needs to be some accountability,” Davis said.
6. There is accountability. It is called the civil and criminal statutes. If your dog attacks someone, you are responsible for the results. That is true EVERYWHERE. Not only that, but property owners can be fined, lose business licenses and be civilly liable for allowing the dogs on their property… except that the ADA forces them to accept them, so they don’t have a choice, but they still have the liability.
Some states are moving to make service dog fraud a crime. Davis says, in her home state of New Mexico, lawmakers have passed a law that includes penalties for trying to pass a dog off as a fake assistance dog.
7. That’ll fix it. More laws. Tighter regulations. More certifications. More oversight committees. Who gives a fart if it makes getting a service animal more expensive for someone who needs it? Just as long as this person can use the law to compel everyone else to create an environment conducive to her special needs, just the way she likes it.
8. A better solution: Repeal the ADA and all the other stupid disabilities laws like it. Let property owners decide how to apportion their parking areas and let them bear the burden of enforcing it. In pay-for-parking situations let the owner decide to charge more for convenient parking and a premium for “douchebag” parking with extra wide spaces. Let business owners decide if they want the liability of accepting someone’s well behaved dog in their store or not. Hell, let them to decide to open a restaurant where the dogs walk on the tables and crap in the corners and let the market decide if they want to spend money in such a place.
Liberty: Still the best solution.