Justice for 500 Puppies Reportedly Overheated and Killed in Hot, Cramped Airplane

Target: Judy Sgro, Chair of Canadian House of Commons Standing Committees on International Trade and Transport

Goal: Tighten restrictions on live animal export that seemingly brought suffering and death to innocent puppies.

In what witnesses described as a “horror show,” over three dozen French bulldog puppies reportedly lost their lives aboard an international flight from Ukraine to Canada. Many more of the estimated 500 puppies on the flight apparently endured vomiting, dehydration, and other signs of severe illness. These young innocents appear to be the latest victims of a merciless live export industry that routinely flouts rules and basic humane standards in service of voracious greed.

Canadian officials are currently in the process of investigating the events leading up to this horrifying discovery. The airline responsible for the flight, Ukrainian International Airlines, claims ignorance of the events. Yet this airline seemingly allowed the packing of hundreds of small, defenseless animals onto an airplane: a recipe for tragedy.  The apparent negligence is worsened by the airline’s membership in the International Air Transport Association, which is supposed to work for the safety and limited transport of vulnerable live animals.

These puppies seemingly died because of the high price tag they bring to cruel profiteers, including organized crime elements. Sign the petition below to demand Canada stop enabling this profit-driven practice that comes at the expense of precious animal lives.


Dear Chair Sgro,

“It was a nightmare. Canada and the federal government need to change the laws on the importation of these puppies.” These words come from the harrowing experience of a dog handler who saw the death of dozens of puppies and the painful illness of potentially hundreds more aboard a Ukrainian plane that touched down in Canada.

The French bulldog puppies met a tragic fate because of greed and an apparent lack of oversight and care that enables this poisonous ambition to thrive. Sought-after French bulldogs can sell for thousands of dollars in a Canadian market that clamors for them. A relentless drive for profit should not mean that responsible leaders look the other way as live transport vessels should cram hundreds of animals into cramped spaces to meet unending demand. The plane in question reportedly held 500 puppies…many seemingly beset by weakness and vomiting, and at least three dozen dead on arrival.

Please ensure such a tragedy never happens again. Heed the pleas of animal welfare advocates and change the laws to better safeguard innocent living beings.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Betty Wills Atsme

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    “These young innocents appear to be the latest victims of a merciless live export industry that routinely flouts rules and basic humane standards in service of voracious GREED.” THIS IS DEPLORABLE NEGLECT & MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!!


  2. When will governments realise that dogs and other animals ARE NOT BAGGAGE! Good grief.

  3. Gloria Navan says:

    Heartbreaking on so many levels … there are so many pups available for
    adoption that there is in need to breed more dogs; some of the cages had plastic
    wrapped around cages making it even more difficult for dogs; no one is going
    to take responsibility for this torture; this breed is particularly susceptible to
    breathing difficulties. Bottom line is they don’t care about the dogs. They want
    to make big money at dogs’ expense.

    • Yes, so we can’t blame the Ukrainian alone here, the demand is high in Canada because the so called posh people don’t want to adopt but instant buying

  4. Aprille Gilmore says:

    It’s 2020. The US and Canada should have made strict regulations re: live imports, or better yet BANNED THEM, decades ago. And, the US and Canada need to ban the sale of dogs through pet shops. Adoptions only. Who in their right mind would import dogs from some sketchy European country. It’s madness. And, of all breeds to shrink wrap into cages and ship…they can barely breath as it is. Both parties should be charged with ANIMAL TORTURE. Canada, please, the world looks to you for leadership and civilized laws.

  5. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    All these animal sales must be put to an end. All pets MUST be sterilized. Stop breeding HUMANS AND ANIMALS. ALL abusers must pay price of dearh penalty it is a precious life that was created with so much love by our CREATOR. RESPECT…RESPECT AS HE DEMANDS IN HIS WORD!!!

  6. You expect this from yanks and chinese not Canadians.
    FFS wake the fuck up, all animals are our equal treat a puppie like you would treat a child.

    STUPID IGNORANT i hope you get some bad karma all invloved.

  7. MR KIM SINGER says:

    Yes, it’s 2020, but I guess we shouldn’t expect Canada to place a high priority on preventing death and suffering among animals. Clubbed any nice seal pups lately?

    • Yup, double standard here, plus they send them because so much demand of Canadians who want to buy instead of adopting

  8. There should be special airlines and conditions for flying animals — regular airlines do not care and in this case and others like it should be sanctioned HIGHLY!!!! I am sick of hearing of these lax, uncaring airlines that kill animals.


  9. PAMELA J HENGST says:

    RIP poor little innocents. Canada and Ukranian airlines and the entire Ukraine are guilty. Everything is about money and profit. Live animals are not cargo! Also why is Canada even involved in puppy mill puppies being sent from the under developed Ukraine? Again, all about profit. This world will never learn the importance of kindness to animals til this nonsense is harshly punished. How insensitive and cruel. With full shelters why are countries importing dogs at all!Canada, I thought your country was more civilized. I guess not. If no one buys puppy mill or pet store dogs there will be no profit! This breeding insanity really has to stop.

  10. Yet another reason to shut down breeders! there is absolutely no need for this and no need to be shipping that many animals of any kind anywhere unless it’s to get them to safety in this case that’s not the reason.

  11. The unimaginable agony; mentally and physically, these Angels must have suffered. Man as a whole; globally, are a disease to this planet.
    Human priorities are insanely distorted and the most vulnerable do not have a chance. Every living being is disposable and this is a perfect example of how twisted human nature can be . . .

  12. Carolyn Douglas says:

    All those involved in this horror need to suffer the same abuse – hopefully with the same outcome. This time it was puppies but they will do that with humans too…. IT MUST END NOW.

  13. File lawsuits and bankrupt these airlines!

  14. Valerie Gaffney says:

    This is outrageous that Canada allows such action but as pointed out earlier by someone Cnada don’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to living breathing feeling animals! Boycott everything Canadian

  15. Shirley Lemieux says:

    The main purpose for transporting these little babies was for profit. Can you imagine what these tiny puppies who are in the stages of playfulness and love had to endure at the evil hands of Man whom have little to no common sense? So tragic that what little life they have on earth was destroyed by the ignorance of Men. Pure tragedy. They were just babies for Gods sake.

  16. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Judy – Nothing can be done to bring back the lives of the hundreds of puppies who lost their innocent lives due to gross human negligence. This Petition is asking that you tighten the restrictions on live animal exports in the hope of preventing others in the Animal Kingdom from suffering the same fate. All Life on this planet matters and the Animal Kingdom has suffered enough at the hands of humans. You are in a position to make a difference in the lives of animals, so please, act on the opportunity…

  17. Maria Bertrand says:

    Judy Sgro, Chair of Canadian House of Commons Standing Committees on International Trade and Transport

    Why are living beings being transported in this fashion? Like they are irrelevant, without any foresight or care to their well being. THEY ARE LIVING CREATURES!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT PRICE TAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many times do these sort of horrific events need to happen before someone in authority does the right thing AND SHOW HUMANITY!!!!!!

    Canada STOP ONCE AND FOR ALL enabling this profit-driven practice that comes at the expense of precious animal lives.

  18. ANIMALS SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS OF HUMAN DEHUMANIZED SADISTS! Puppy mills powered by GREED must be shut-down. ALL DESENSITIZED, DEHUMANIZED, SADISTIC and PSYCHOPATHIC ANIMAL-TRAFFICKERS should get the HARSHEST PUNISHMENT possible. Acts of abuse like this has NO PLACE in our communities and CANNOT BE IGNORED. ANIMAL CRUELTY needs to be taken as seriously AS any HUMAN VIOLENCE. Animals SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS — and they deserve JUSTICE just like YOU and ME. CANADA STOP enabling this profit-driven practice that comes at the expense of precious animal lives. SHAME!!

  19. Julia Edinger says:


  20. Denise anzelmo says:

    This is a total disgrace. People responsible do not deserve to be called human. There are so many homeless animals in shelters dogs should not be transported for sale. And not even kept safe but killed

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