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Dozens of pets die every year as congested or ill-prepared airlines attempt to transport them in cargo holds across the country. Some of the worst cases involve animals suffocating to death in sweltering temperatures, or being left outside in the pouring rain.

Apart from Southwest, few airlines in the United States prohibit passengers from checking their pets as baggage, but the airline also has the lowest incident rate of animal injuries or death [1].

Between 2011 and 2012, Delta Airlines was responsible for more than 40 of the 97 animal deaths reported in that period [2]. And since then, United has been responsible for many more, with the worst record of 2016. That year, 9 pets died, including Sphinx kitten and eight dogs, while 14 more were left with various injuries. Some of the dogs suffered short-term mouth and gum injuries from stress chewing [3].

As service and support animals are being seen more commonly on flights [4], it would save both lives and frustration if all airlines followed the same guidelines when transporting pets, just as they care for humans.

Deaths and injury from improper or careless treatment is always preventable, and adopting a policy that bans animals from being checked as baggage or cargo would go far to ensure the safety of all animals transported by air. Larger animals that cannot fit into the cabin can be booked a safe flight through the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association.

Sign the petition to tell the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt a universal policy for airlines in the United States, restricting animals from being checked as baggage.

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To the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,

Animals are being killed by neglect and improper treatment during flights every year. It's well past time the airlines in this county adopt policies to change that record.

The fact that any animals are being subject to this treatment at all should signal a need for sweeping change in air travel. The standards and guidelines set by individual airlines vary too much, and as more deaths continue to be reported, it's almost impossible to tell if one will be safer to bring pets on than another.

Only Southwest Airlines can lay claim to a satisfactory record of zero pet deaths per year, owing in no small measure to the fact that they prohibit animals from being checked as baggage or cargo.

I implore you to set a new universal pet policy banning animals from being checked as baggage on any airline in the United States, as Southwest has found success with, and end the necessary pet deaths.


Petition Signatures

Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 9, 2018 suzanne caruso
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 8, 2018 Nancy Glynn
Jun 7, 2018 Karen Myers
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Gilberto Simao
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 kim runnoe
May 29, 2018 Margaret Randall
May 29, 2018 Diane Puso the little pup whose distress cries from an overhead went unanswered & and led to his death (with the airline employee claiming she didn't know a live dog was in the carrier when others heard it) has to be the last
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 Niki O'Connor
May 29, 2018 Lori Ramos
May 28, 2018 Marty Curtis
May 28, 2018 Fabiola Vasquez
May 28, 2018 Nicole Lambert
May 28, 2018 Roel Miranda
May 28, 2018 Anna Clark
May 28, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater
May 28, 2018 carie antepenko Animals deserve to be treated as our family members and allowed on the plane in a seat that is purhased!!
May 27, 2018 G. Tompkins
May 27, 2018 sheryl benning
May 27, 2018 Sylvia Lynn Beach
May 27, 2018 Diana Zimmerman
May 27, 2018 Janice Hawkins
May 27, 2018 josilda josilda
May 27, 2018 Maria L Hernandez This shud b a law for airlines to include it in their policy! Otherwise they will lose business becuz of it!! Us animal lovers will enforce it!! “The greatness of a nation is judged by the way it’s animals are treated”!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️❤️
May 27, 2018 C Friedrich
May 27, 2018 Judith Mumbauer
May 27, 2018 Karen Drum
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Teresa Ferreira-Pires
May 27, 2018 mildred BROCKWELL
May 27, 2018 francois pille
May 27, 2018 Lisa Ritchie
May 27, 2018 Andrea Bassett
May 27, 2018 Pat Brzycki
May 27, 2018 Carol Wagner
May 27, 2018 Charity Thayn
May 26, 2018 Reina Alonso
May 26, 2018 Alice Wollenhaupt

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