Kitty Block, acting CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States, stated the following regarding a recent airline tragedy:
"We salute Sens. John Kennedy and Catherine Cortez Masto for introducing bipartisan legislation (PDF) to help ensure that no pet is ever put at risk or killed in transit on our nation’s airlines. Pets are members of our families and should be treated with kindness and respect at all times. We hope and expect that this tragedy will mark a ‘Katrina moment’ for the airline industry, one in which every stakeholder involved recognizes the deep responsibility that agencies, institutions and corporations at all levels have to help us keep our companion animals safe from harm. As Hurricane Katrina sparked a new awareness of the need to include animals’ interests in disaster planning, Welfare Of Our Furry Friends (WOOFF) could signal the start of a much kinder and better approach to ensuring the health and safety of pets in transit."