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July 2, 2014

U.S. Department of Transportation Expanding Air Carrier Reporting Requirements for Animals in Transit

Pet purchasers and passengers will be able to better gauge airline track records for pet safety, under new rules announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The agency will expand air carrier reporting rules to include more animals, airline and reporting information when animals are on flights. Previously, animals in planes that were a commercial shipment, such as a puppy going from a breeder or puppy mill to a purchaser, could be injured or even killed in shipment and the airlines were exempted from reporting. Now, all dogs and cats will be tracked. KC Theisen, director of pet care issues for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“These numbers will allow the government and others to not only track the numbers of animals transported by airlines, but also the effect of that transport on the animals. This rule is a great leap forward in empowering consumers to understand the risks of pet air travel and to make wise choices about flying their pets in a cargo hold. More airlines will be required to report on the numbers of pets lost, injured or killed in transit, and these numbers will have more meaning in the context of all pet animals transported, including those for commercial sale."

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker, 240-599-6848, cparker@humanesociety.org

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