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Treating animals like luggage should be illegal

A cargo hold is no place for any living being, yet airlines allow animals to be shipped as if they were beat-up old pieces of Samsonite.

DAPHNA NACHMINOVITCH:In response to a spate of other deaths and mix-ups involving animals, United Airlines has announced new policies for animals on its flights. Among other measures, it will ban more than 20 flat-faced breeds, including French bulldogs from being transported in cargo holds. That sounds good, but is it enough?… These measures may make for good PR, but they aren’t enough to protect other animals from experiencing terrifying, painful deaths on planes. A cargo hold is no place for any living being, yet airlines allow animals to be shipped as if they were beat-up old pieces of Samsonite.

Those who should be animals’ protectors and advocates — their guardians — unwittingly hand them over, sending them down a dark conveyor belt to what may be their final destination. Even if they survive the flight, being separated from their guardians and confined to a noisy, unfamiliar environment, in which the “ground” tilts and sometimes feels as if it’s suddenly dropping out from under them, is an extremely stressful experience. As long as any animals are allowed to be shipped like luggage, they will continue to die. It’s time for lawmakers to ban this dangerous and cruel practice entirely’. SOURCE…

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