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From Animals in Print 11 December 2000 Issue:
STILL WAITING ON SAFER SKIES FOR ANIMALS
Months after your letters and phone calls spurred Congress to pass portions of the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act (as part of a larger bill signed into law in April, P.L. 106-181), we are still waiting for the Department of Transportation (DoT) to begin developing the regulations to implement these new protections for traveling animals. The statute requires airlines to report to the DoT any incidents involving the loss, death, or injury of any animal during a commercial flight; this information is supposed to be made available to the public, and be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for it to investigate possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The statute also requires airlines to better train their employees to humanely handle animals in their care. However, these crucial changes will NOT be implemented by airlines until the DoT formally specifies the format and content of the airline reports and starts work on a new training program.
So far, the DoT has been dragging its feet, much to the liking of the airlines, who want to delay implementation of the new reporting and training procedures for as long as possible!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Let the DoT know that you want the regulations regarding safer air travel for animals put on a fast track! It's time to implement these reporting and training requirements, which will help reduce the number of animals lost, injured and killed each year during air travel, and make airlines more accountable when such tragedies occur.
Secretary Rodney Slater
400 7th St. SW
Washington, DC 20590
Please also send a copy of your letter and/or call:
Acting General Counsel
Phone: (202) 366-4702
Fax: (202) 366-3388.
Finally, send an e-mail (somewhat less effective) to: [email protected] .
To see a sample letter, go to:
HUMANElines (A Project of The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals)*
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