Breaking: ALDF Petitions Department of Transportation to Require Airlines to Report on Deaths of Animals Shipped as “Cargo”

Posted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on August 19, 2010

On the heels of the deaths of seven puppies transported in the cargo
hold on an American Airlines flight
from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Chicago
earlier this month, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a petition with the Department of Transportation urging
them to oblige air carriers to report on the deaths of any animals in
transit, and to identify the shippers and consignees involved in their
“shipment.” Currently, the Department of Transportation only requires
airlines to report the deaths or disappearances of animals considered
“pets”–meaning that there has been no accurate reporting on in-flight
harm to dogs shipped by puppy mills or other animals transported as
cargo. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and
Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) have drafted a joint letter to the Secretary
of Transportation, arguing that a “flawed interpretation of laws” has
allowed animal death reporting to “slip through the cracks.” Read more…

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