Traveling With Pets
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Summer 2000 Karen L. Allanach 301.548.7778
Howard White 301.258.3072
HSUS WEB SITE ADDS NEW SECTION ON TRAVELING WITH PETS
WASHINGTON����Summer is a busy time for traveling, with many people taking
their pets along to vacation destinations. However, safety for pets and
other animals traveling by air is not guaranteed. Even traveling by
ground or sea, do you know what measures to take to prepare your pet for
transport? The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has a new
section of information on traveling with animals on the HSUS web site at
The HSUS web site includes important information to consider before
deciding to travel with your pet by air, car, ship or train. The web
site also features a section on how to file a complaint against an
airline for mishaps that occur to animals at an airport or on a plane,
along with an air travel incident report form that can be downloaded and
*With this new complaint form, people will be able to inform the
appropriate agency plus The HSUS will be able to track what types of
animal accidents are occurring,* said Dug Hanbicki, HSUS companion
animals issues specialist.
More than 500,000 animals are transported by air every year, according
to the Airline Transportation Association (ATA). Tragically, an
estimated 5,000 of these animals are killed, injured or lost each year.
Most injuries to animals traveling by airplane are due to extreme heat
or cold, insufficient oxygen in cargo holds, mishandling by baggage
personnel, and damage to kennels.
*Traveling with pets can present some unforseen dangers if you don�����t
know what to expect. The key is to do your research beforehand, know the
risks and take precautions to protect your pets when traveling,*
In April, President Clinton signed the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act
into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration bill. The
legislation requires airlines to provide monthly reports to the U.S.
Department of Transportation Secretary on all incidents of loss, injury
or death of animals.
The reports will be available to the public so that consumers will be
better informed on specific airline track records regarding animal
safety. The legislation also mandates improved training in animal care
and safe transport techniques for baggage handlers. More information
about the Safe Air Trave for Animals Act is also featured on the HSUS
To locate the section on pet travel, go to www.hsus.org, click on pets,
then select the pet care icon.