by Tristin Hopper
VANCOUVER — They may continue to overrun grocery stores and airplane cabins in the rest of the continent, but a new provincial law is declaring fake service animals will no longer be welcome in British Columbia.
“I think it’s a game changer and a really bold move on the part of the government,” said William Thornton, co-founder of B.C. Guide Dog Services.
The Guide Dog & Service Dog Act, which had its second reading in the B.C. legislature Monday, would provide the province’s guide-dog owners with government-issued identification, similar to a driver’s licence.
B.C.’s current system, which uses wallet-cards issued by certified guide dog training facilities, has found itself wide open to abuse in recent years.