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Animal Incidents On Airlines Still Not Being Reported

From The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals
January 16, 2004:

Congress passed a law in April 2000 requiring airlines to report incidents of loss, injury or death to animals during commercial flights -- rather than just as lost baggage and requiring the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to make these reports public on a monthly basis. After publishing a draft and receiving thousands of letters from the public, DOT issued its "final" rule in August to implement this reporting requirement.

Although DOT unfortunately decided on a narrow definition of "animal" (only covering companion animals), these reports will allow people to better gauge an airline's track record before deciding whether to fly their companion animals in cargo holds and, we hope, make airlines more careful. (For more information on this rule, see: www.hsus.org/ace/19581 .)

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Nearly four years after the bill passed Congress, the final rule has not yet taken effect, thanks to agency foot-dragging and a lack of communication between DOT, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to resolve minor details. It's time they finish the rule and begin reporting on animal incidents as the law demands and the public expects.

Please contact the following and urge them to wrap up the process immediately so that airlines are more accountable for the treatment of animals in their care:

1. The Honorable Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation
E-mail: dot.comments@ost.dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-1111
Fax: 202-366-7202

2. The Honorable Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture E-mail: agsec@usda.gov
Phone: 202-720-3631
Fax: 202-720-2166

3. The Honorable Joshua Bolton, Director, Office of Management and Budget
E-mail: Animal.transport.rule@omb.eop.gov
Phone: 202-395-4840
Fax: 202-395-3888