Target: Civil Aviation Administration of China
Goal: Change the Aviation Guidelines in China to protect on-flight animals
A golden retriever recently died mysteriously on a China Southern Airline flight from Xining, Qinghai Province to Beijing. There is no known cause of death and it was unclear whether the dog died on or after the flight. Chinese aviation guidelines for pets are significantly less strict in comparison to foreign airlines and beloved pets have not survived plane rides that should ideally be safe.
The golden retriever named Mars was the latest victim of these poor guidelines. Mars’s owner Zhao Nan had arrived in Beijing only to be told that her dog was missing from his crate. Zhao found out that her dog was dead the following day and the airline did not release any information as to how the dog died. Zhao has filed a lawsuit against the airline and awaits trial. Mars was not the only dog that has died from a Chinese Southern airline flight. A Pekingese died in a previous flight from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province to Dalian, Liaoning Province. Both crates appeared to have suffered damages that could have resulted from being thrown carelessly. Before the Pekingese, a poodle was shot dead when it escaped its crate. The flight officials claimed that the poodle posed a threat.
Mishandling and poor care need to be fixed at this airline and other Chinese airlines as well before more innocent pets are killed. The airline has a restriction that only allows one pet per traveler. However, the airline has no rule against how many pets can board the airplane, which may result in overcrowding. The airline also does not cite the pets’ exact conditions in-flight, such as the temperature that the animals are placed in. The Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Chinese Southern airline have yet to comment.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has received multiple letters from 81 agencies across China that seek to amend the issues with the guidelines. These animal protection agencies are concerned over the deaths and want to protect future pets that will inevitably have to take an airplane. According to a Chinese newspaper, globaltimes, program manager at environmental NGO Green Beagle and leader of the letters, Liu Huili stated: “We hope the CAAC will set stricter standards on how to transport pets by air to eliminate the chance of the animal dying.”
The Civil Aviation Administration of China needs to revamp airplane laws. Pets are dying because the airlines do not care enough and they should be ashamed of themselves. The laws must be amended before any more pets die.
Dear Civil Aviation Administration of China,
A Golden Retriever named Mars recently died on a China Southern Airline flight from Xining, Qinghai Province to Beijing. His owner Zhao Nan arrived in Beijing only to hear that her dog could not be found. A day later, the airline found the dog and stated that he had died but did not disclose any other information. Unfortunately, Mars is not the only dog that has died from mistreatment at this airline. A Pekingese also died on a flight due to unknown circumstances. A poodle was shot after it escaped from its crate.
Chinese Southern Airline must be held responsible and you must enforce stricter guidelines to prevent these horrible cases. In comparison to foreign airlines, Chinese airlines do not inform the passengers of the exact temperature conditions that the animals are placed in. The airlines also do not have a restriction on how many pets they can carry in total.
The aviation guidelines for airlines must be stricter and you must enforce them before more pets die.
[Your Name Here]