Double Your Impact to Protect Animals from Abuse

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on November 2, 2010

The fifteen eight-week-old puppies did not yet have names or families who loved them. They were likely born in a puppy mill, their mother confined to a cage and used as a breeding machine.

Just weaned from their mother, the fifteen puppies were loaded into the cargo hold of an American Airlines jet on August 3, 2010 and shipped from Tulsa to Chicago. The heat, already over 85 degrees, was expected to soar to well over 100 degrees that day. When the puppies landed in Chicago, they were so lethargic that workers rushed them to a veterinarian for emergency care; seven of them died shortly thereafter.

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Airlines do not have to report every animal’s death that occurs during transport — the regulations only require them to report the deaths when the animals are listed as "pets in a family household in the United States." If animals are listed as "cargo" — such as these puppies — they can die in transit or, quite literally, disappear like lost luggage, and the airlines never have to tell a soul.

Animals should never be treated as mere "cargo," and we have the right to know what happens to animals under the care of airlines!

ALDF is determined to insure that no more animals share this needless, deadly fate in the cargo hold of an airplane. Not only do we want to hold the individuals who sent these animals to their deaths responsible, but we need your help to ensure that policies are implemented that will hold airlines accountable for the death of all animals on their planes.

Without ALDF to stand up for animals’ legal rights, policymakers might never pay attention to issues like this at all. But with your help and your voice, we’re going to give them no choice — and for this very brief period, you can double the impact of your support.

Thank you for your dedication toward creating better laws for animals.

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