Jan 27, 2011

This is Why I Don't Ship Kittens! (News)

We have so many kittens and cats needing homes and from time to time someone from far away is interested, but I can't send cats via airlines... this is why: Cat Dies After Flight to Connecticut. This time it was Delta but there have been other stories; I don't think it is an isolated incident. It's such a sad and unnecessary death.

We don't really know how many animals are killed by airlines. It could be a lot.
The Department of Transportation tracks animal deaths in transit, but no one keeps tabs on how many die of cold or heat in cargo holds or elsewhere, said veterinarian Louise Murray, vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.

Supposedly every animal death is looked into but the penalty for the airlines is usually just a letter of warning. Not much incentive to stop killing animals.

I'll drive quite a ways to deliver a kitten but I will not entrust it to the cruel fates of uncaring baggage handlers. Oh, I'm sure there are some who care about animals so don't write to me and tell me how I've offended baggage handlers! The point is, there are too many who don't care - as we see here.

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