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    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
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      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
      www.hsus.org.
      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
      printed.
      *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,*
      Hanbicki said.
      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
      web site.
      To locate the section on pet travel, go to www.hsus.org, click on pets,
      then select the pet care icon.
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