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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

Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Meher Behrana
Jan 14, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 26, 2017 Richard Han
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 maria carranza
Dec 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 laurence haubtmann
Dec 4, 2017 Joyce MacNeil
Dec 4, 2017 Kathy Frey
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Cathy Villarreal Don't know why it was ever considered a good idea to stick living, breathing creatures in a cargo hold! Stupid and unbelievable!
Dec 4, 2017 Linda Davenport
Dec 4, 2017 Conni Fialkowski
Dec 4, 2017 Karen Jostes
Dec 4, 2017 Renae McKeon If an airline let something happen to my pet, I would be furious! If people are flying with their pets, they are family,. You should do better when entrusted with these family members!
Dec 4, 2017 Cassandra Weldon-FaulkneR Animals are living, breathing, feeling creatures; they are NOT baggage or cargo. They should travel with their humans, properly secured and safe.
Dec 4, 2017 Susie Park
Dec 4, 2017 Helena McBreen
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Gail Drury
Dec 4, 2017 Elizabeth Javinsky
Dec 4, 2017 Deana Stone I have always thought that there should be a special part of the plane for passengers to sit with their pets . 4-6 seats with special hardware to hold carriers , however self contained . It would not be that difficult.
Dec 4, 2017 Lorraine Nordahl
Dec 4, 2017 Tippy Young Pets should not travel in cargo holds! They can die.
Dec 4, 2017 Brycelyn Pirtle
Dec 4, 2017 Connie Yost
Dec 4, 2017 Chana Bass
Dec 4, 2017 Sharon Santo
Dec 4, 2017 Jackie Jones
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Alexander Damyanovich Lives deserve better than to be handled as luggage!!!
Dec 4, 2017 Betsy Mordecai This policy has given me the shivers for years--I would buy my animal a ticket rather than trust it to baggage handlers.
Dec 4, 2017 Frances Parrish
Dec 4, 2017 M Busch I will never fly with my pets until I can be confident of their safety and comfort.
Dec 4, 2017 Donna Kowalski
Dec 4, 2017 Dana Woods

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