Success: Greater Protection Offered for Pets on Planes


Target: Anthony Foxx, United States Transportation Department Secretary

Goal: Applaud decision to offer greater protection for pets traveling on planes

During plane rides, animals can sadly suffer from extreme temperatures, inadequate oxygen levels or ventilation, or poor handling procedures. Although animals only compose about 1 percent of airline revenue, animal loss on airplanes totaled 42 incidents in 2013 with 21 deaths, 15 injuries, and 6 lost animals. However, there were still only 14 airlines mandated to report these incidents.

A previous ForceChange petition called on the U.S. government to provide greater protection for pets transported via airplane. Thankfully, the Department of Transportation has been able to nearly double the amount of airlines to report animal incidents. Additionally, airlines must state whether or not the animals are being shipped commercially, meaning animal breeders associated with puppy mills will be held responsible for reporting any harm that may come to animals. Furthermore, airlines will also be required to list the number of animals shipped per year. Thus, a record for animal accidents will finally be available for the public, providing a more clear picture of how animals are treated, and hopefully, inspire the public to take further action to prevent incidents from happening. The new regulations will cover everything from loss, to injury, to death and will take effect at the start of 2015.

Please praise the new regulations implemented by the Department of Transportation to ensure safe travels for animals on planes.


Dear Mr. Foxx,

Thank you so much for strengthening the regulations intended to protect animals on planes. The public has a right to know how members of their family are being treated, and animal breeders have a responsibility to report the harm that can happen to traveling animals as well. Forty two incidents last year alone are more than enough to take action on this extremely pressing issue.

Animals should not have to endure extreme conditions, including a lack of oxygen and ventilation. Hopefully, the regulations will soon be a part of every airline’s protocol and will lead to less incidents occurring. People should be able to freely travel knowing that their animals are safe. Although more care will be needed in 2015 to report animal accidents, the lives that can be saved will be well worth it. Thank you once again for your department’s decision.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: LA Times Blog

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