Strengthen Regulations on Airline Companion Animal Reporting by Aug 28th
In 2000, Congress agreed with the animal protection community that the public has a right to know how the airlines treat their animal passengers. In 2003, the Department of Transportation (DoT) finally issued regulations governing the reports that airlines have to file regarding animals who are lost, injured, or killed while in their care. Unfortunately, they only have to report a problem if it involves an animal who “is being kept as a pet in a family household in the United States.” That is a very narrow definition and does not include animals being shipped commercially “such as dogs coming from puppy mills and primates being shipped to research laboratories.
After years of protests about this limitation from animal groups and letters from U.S. Senators, DoT has published a proposal (Docket No. DOT-OST-2010-0211) to expand the reporting requirements and the number of airlines to which they apply, and to improve the utility of the reports.
It is essential that DoT hear from animal advocates like you so that the final rule will cover all animals who are entrusted to the
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Please amend the proposed rule so that airlines are required to file reports for any animal who is lost, injured, or killed while in their care and custody. The animal’s status as “pet,” “commercial shipment,” or otherwise has no bearing on an air carrier’s responsibility to ensure that an animal is handled humanely and arrives alive and well at the final destination. While the rule as proposed is an improvement over the current coverage “limited only to pets residing in U.S. households ” it still fails to cover such egregious situations as, for example, the deaths of 15 monkeys during an arduous journey from Miami to Los Angeles to China and back again. I support DoT’s suggestion that the airlines’ December reports include the total number of animals transported in the previous year as well as a tally for the year of all animal losses, injuries, and deaths. This more-comprehensive year-end report will make the information that much more meaningful and accessible to consumers. I also support applying the reporting requirement to more airlines, as proposed. The public deserves the best information it can get regarding the airlines’ records when it comes to handling animals. Making the airlines more accountable will make them more careful with their animal passengers.
our animal are your passengers, too.
we need to know what you do,
what happens to this cargo
precious, that cannot be
anything less than kindness
would be a disgrace
Karen Lyons Kalmenson