Target: Andrew R. Jassy, Senior Vice President of Web Services at Amazon.com
Goal: Require more safeguards surrounding the online sale of service dog vests, to prevent owners of non-service dogs from acquiring vests.
The role that service dogs play for individuals who need them is essential. However, problems arise when individuals who simply want to be accompanied by their non-service animals attempt to pass their dogs off as legitimate service dogs. While it is touching that some people care very deeply about their dogs and want to be around them, restrictions on animals’ presence in certain public and private locations exist for a reason. Many people are allergic to dogs, and so their presence in a restaurant could compromise the health of those people. In other cases, some patrons may simply feel uncomfortable around dogs. People who have service dogs are allowed to be accompanied by their animals, because the dogs perform an essential service that outweighs the discomfort which might be imposed on other people. However, for non-service dogs, the interests of other people outweigh the interests of the owner of a non-service animal.
Amazon.com allows customers to purchase service dog vests without providing any evidence to show that their dog is in fact a service dog. This makes it very easy for owners of non-service dogs to buy service dog vests and masquerade their animals as something that they are not. The result is that Amazon is enabling immoral dog owners to compromise the reputation of actual service dogs while also compromising the well being of other individuals around them.
Dear Mr. Jassy, Senior Vice President of Web Services:
The role that service dogs play for individuals who need them is essential. They provide a warning as to when diabetics’ blood sugar falls too low, offer their sense of sight to aid those who cannot see adequately, assist those with autism, and can help people who are hard of hearing. As a result, service dogs are permitted in places they otherwise would not be allowed inside of, from restaurants, to airplanes, to museums.
Amazon currently allows customers to purchase service dog vests without providing any proof that they do in fact have a service dog. This can easily result in non-service dog owners pretending that their dog is a service dog by purchasing the service dog vests. Please require that customers provide proof of service dog certification before they are permitted to purchase these vests.
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