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4 June 2000 Issue

Pets On Planes Bill Becomes Law

President Clinton signs FAA Act Including Lautenberg Legislation

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 an animal.

"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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