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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

Mar 22, 2018 Perri Sussman
Mar 22, 2018 Kimberly Wong-Hyde
Mar 22, 2018 Brooke Prather
Mar 21, 2018 Brenda Philipsen
Mar 21, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Mar 20, 2018 Annie Stewart
Mar 19, 2018 Elaine Becker
Mar 19, 2018 Bill Rubin
Mar 19, 2018 Patrick Dwyer
Mar 19, 2018 Rebecca Barnard There should be able to fly with the owner extra cost if small enough to have them under the seat way to many pets have died when put in cargo space something needs to be done or nobody going to fly and airlines will lose a lot of business
Mar 19, 2018 Alison Page
Mar 19, 2018 Lesley Adamson Animals should not be put at risk because of carelessness or ignorance. Pets are important to us and we do not want them killed because of slack employees.
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Cornell
Mar 18, 2018 Jenny Egbert
Mar 18, 2018 Ann Davis
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) I understand that you know this is the right thing to do.
Mar 18, 2018 j johnson pets are NOT cargo! Please set a new pet policy so they won't be checked as baggage on ANY US airline. Our pets are our family, too!
Mar 18, 2018 Janet Mischler stop killing our pets
Mar 18, 2018 Dr. Angela Dodge It is horrifying to learn that people's beloved pets are dying such disturbing deaths on the airlines. There is simply no excuse for this. Animals must not be put in cargo holds -- they are not baggage but living creatures. Please address this problem.
Mar 18, 2018 Ann Moriarity
Mar 18, 2018 Shirley Chapian
Mar 18, 2018 Donna Johnson
Mar 18, 2018 Jeffrey Wiles Make it RIGHT - Now!
Mar 18, 2018 Lori Udenberg
Mar 18, 2018 Mitzi Coons
Mar 18, 2018 George Lennox
Mar 18, 2018 Dawn Hammett Pets are not baggage!!
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Carol Fabitz
Mar 18, 2018 Francesca Taylor
Mar 18, 2018 Bianca Molgora
Mar 18, 2018 Diana Frederick Pets are not baggage!
Mar 18, 2018 Rhona Reynolds
Mar 18, 2018 Bonnie Heimbigner It's hard for me to understand the ignorance & uncaring people that handle animals, whether it be airlines or other transportation. ANY dummy should see it's an animal which should have the SAME treatment & care as the humans. How cruel of these people!!
Mar 18, 2018 Carol Guertin
Mar 18, 2018 Omkarnaga Jaya
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 JUDY STORKAMP
Mar 18, 2018 Paula McCallister
Mar 18, 2018 Teri Stone
Mar 18, 2018 Leah Helmer
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Stephanie Linam
Mar 18, 2018 Frances Tedesco
Mar 18, 2018 Mary Rodeman Stop killing people's pets!!
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Holland-Toll
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Myers
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Hudson Animals should never be checked as baggage or cargo. The fact that deaths continue to occur is a testament to the need for changes to protect our pets when travelling.
Mar 18, 2018 Sue Bosman
Mar 18, 2018 Stuart Watson

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