President Clinton signs FAA Act Including Lautenberg
April 17, 2000 the "Safe Air Travel for Animals Act"
became law when President Clinton signed the Federal Aviation
Administration's (FAA) Reauthorization Act. The FAA Act, which funds
federal aviation operations and facilities and grants to airports,
included the legislation sponsored by Senator Lautenberg.
The goal of the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act is to
reduce accidents and poor treatment of animals when they are transported
on commercial airlines. The law gives consumers the right to know how
airlines treat their pets. Airlines will now have to provide monthly
reports to the U.S. Transportation Secretary on the loss, injury or
death of animals. This data will be published so consumers can find out
how an airline will treat the family pet before they use it to transport
"Every pet is a valued member of someone's family and
deserves to be treated humanely," Senator Lautenberg said. "This law
sets a new standard for the care animals receive on airplanes -- a
standard based on compassion rather than convenience. "
Airlines will also be required to train airline
employees on how to care for and transport animals, and passengers will
be informed under what conditions their pet is flying. If a pet dies
while being transported, the airline will have to pay the owner $2500.
Senator Lautenberg introduced the pets on planes
legislation after viewing a report by WWOR-TV UPN 9 News I-Team which
exposed the lack of regulations and detailed the bad experiences
consumers had when they transported their pets by commercial airlines.
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