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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Those Bastards!


h/t Ace



  • At 4:26 PM, Blogger Sigivald said…

    Sounds about right to me.

    Want someone to believe you when your animal that isn't-a-dog-with-a-service-animal-harness is a service animal?

    Be prepared to show them a reason to believe you.

    Here in Portland, OR we have a plague of people with their pets on public transit.

    Why? Because TriMet, in its infinite wisdom, decided that the mere claim of "it's a service animal" could never be questioned.

    So every animal is now "a service animal", thus nobody ever believes any animal is (except for the aforementioned dogs, ideally when the owner is carrying a white cane with red tip).

    The people in this example seem to have been absolutely genuine, but... I can't blame anyone for not believing them.

    If the ADA says that nobody ever has to have proof that their animal is a service animal, and demands the mere claim be accommodated as if it were gospel*, then the ADA is stupid.

    (* Implied by the article, but I'm not sure that there's some right to have your claim respected, just that real service animals don't have to have papers. Problem is, of course, the fakers who just want to have their pet with them.)

    I have boundless sympathy for people with real issues and a real service animal (as in "suggested by a medical professional", not "my cat makes me happy so it's a service animal!") ...

    Unfortunately, accepting people's claims in all cases means "pets everywhere and nobody believes that's a service animal anymore".

    The cheaters overwhelm the legitimate service animals without fail.


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