Create and Pass a Law in Tennessee that Cracks Down on Fake Service Animals

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My name is Annie, and I have a certified service animal. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal is defined as, “Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” I have a guide dog. She has impacted my life in so many ways, I feel I am more confident, and am even more independent as I navigate all aspects of life. I am creating this petition, because I strongly believe a law in Tennessee needs to be put in place to crack down on fake service animals. Currently, people are going through a loophole to certify their pets as service animals, and then get a $20.00 harness. No more pets by a click of a button on the computer should be allowed to be certified as service animals because it is extremely dangerous, it negatively impacts the reputations of service animals in public, and it is simply not right given the amount of training service animals endure to ensure the safety and security of their handler. This is an important issue to address and highlight since Tennessee does not have a law currently in place regarding when people participate in fraudulent behavior misrepresenting a service animal. Currently seventeen states have passed specific laws regarding this issue of misrepresenting service animals, and certifying their pet online as a service animal. Something needs to be done in Tennessee to crack down on fake service animals. I am a college student at Belmont University, and I am very passionate about this issue.

People who have had firsthand experiences and have been impacted by this issue are those who have certified service animals. Please sign if you believe Tennessee should crack down on fake service animals, and join other states who have taken a stand.



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