Stop Dog Breed Discrimination on United Airlines Flights

Target: United Airlines

Goal: To remove airline policies which ban certain dog breeds.

When one is overseas, culture shock can be huge. Many US troops who are stationed in Asia and elsewhere around the globe do their best to carve a life out for themselves and their families. Often times, this includes owning a pet.

But US servicemen and women are now faced with a difficult decision. When they receive orders to transfer to a different country, some of them are unable to take their pets with them. This is because United Airlines bans ten different types of dog breeds, which are supposedly too dangerous, from flying on their airline.

Many servicemen fly with United Airlines because it is the cheapest option for the military. The carrier already charges around $350 on average to put pets in the cargo area. But some larger breeds of dogs cost up to four thousand dollars to ship. Banned dogs are even more expensive, because servicemen cannot take them on the flights.

The dog most affected by the breed policy? The pit bull, one of the most popular breeds among US troops. Pit bulls are often discriminated against because of their “aggressive nature” which usually develops as the result of ill treatment. Nine other breeds are also defined as dangerous. No dog is predisposed to a certain type of behavior. But United Airlines fails to see this, and chooses to base their policies off of a stereotype that has been proved wrong many times over.

In the worst situations, pets are abandoned outside of airports because their owners cannot take them on the flights. The majority of these strays are quickly euthanized.

These policies do not just apply to US troops however. Any individual who flies with United Airlines is subject to these policies. And because United Airlines is such a large company, some fear that other airlines will also begin to adopt these policies. Speak up and don’t let United Airlines’ policies separate people from their beloved furry companions.

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To Whom It May Concern At United Airlines:

Your restrictive policies on dog breeds are unfair to both the owners and the pets. Defining certain breeds of dogs, such as the pit bull, as dangerous is perpetuating a stereotype that has been proved wrong many times over. Individuals around the world who are moving to new countries are unable to transport their beloved pets due to your policy. United States servicemen and women often fly with United, and many are unable to take their pets with them.

The policies that United Airlines adopted also affect local populations. Dogs which are banned from sites may be abandoned near airports, and many of them are euthanized days later.

A dog cannot be defined by its breed. Each dog has its own unique personality, and should be judged by its own character, not a stereotype.

Please reconsider your restrictive policies which have heart wrenching consequences for pets and owners alike.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    That is horribele for the pet owner and the pet.

  2. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed and shared. Shared equals posted to facebook and twittered.

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