Create "Jack the Cat's Law"
  • Petitioned Animal Welfare Institute

This petition was delivered to:

Cathy Liss, President
Animal Welfare Institute
CEO Gerard Arpey
American Airlines
FAA, Eastern Division - William Flanagan, Manager
US department of transportation
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Brian Schatz
Rep. Jim Moran
New York-06
Rep. Grace Meng
Sen. Mary Landrieu
Sen. Harry Reid
Rep. John Dingell
Rep. Lois Capps

Create "Jack the Cat's Law"

    1. Kathleen Lietz
    2. Petition by

      Kathleen Lietz

      Royal Oak, MI

Help us create "Jack the Cat's" Law, a law forcing airlines to put GPS (or similar technology) tracking devices (collars, legs bands, or harness, etc) on family pets traveling in cargo holds. Failure of the airline to provide tracking methods should result in significant fines.

Every year, family pets go missing from airline baggage areas and cargo holds, never to be located again. Jack the cat was lost in the NYC JFK airport in the American Airlines baggage center on Aug. 25, 2011. American Airlines mishandled his crate during the check-in process, which resulted in the breaking of the carrier. Jack was found 61 days later when he fell through a ceiling tile in the Customs office, in the same terminal in which he was lost. He was severely injured and malnourished. Sadly, Jack was euthanized due to the extensive nature of his injuries on Nov 6th.

American Airlines was slow to respond and provide support in searching for the cat. In fact, it took the airline 60 hours before calling Ms. Pascoe back with an initial update on rescue efforts. It was only once the situation hit the media and went viral that they began to react in a responsible (but limited) manner. We must force the airlines to have a quick retrieval method in place.

American Airlines is responsible for the death of Jack. Now, they need to step up and be the leader in pet travel safety.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. I was contacted on the following actions being taken to support Jack's Law!

      Kathleen Lietz
      Petition Organizer

      "...I'm working on draft legislation for consideration upon submission after revision for Jack's Law. I've also been talking to several reps acrosss the US and they seem open... We are alomost done writing a draft with several parts of US Code covered, including Homeland Security for protection of passengers and property. The regulation includes several deletions/additions into FAA regulations, Department of Commerce, the UCC, NTSB, Transporations regulations... We really covered it all. When the sponsors have their committees re-draft, they will include/exclude provisions accordingly. I'll let you know once the whole thing is compiled (we are hoping to be ready on Monday) and then you can help to find sponsors/co-sponsors. "

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. I have added American Airlines to this petition. Please share!

      Kathleen Lietz
      Petition Organizer

      We are at ~2400 signatures. Help us gain even more momentum by getting the word out!!

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • LuAlice Clause PELION, SC
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I was given the charge of caring for all the earth and animals thereon by God, in the beginning.

    • Kristin Pendleton HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Family is family, and as such, should have the right to stay safe, secure, and together during air travel. The statistics for lost and deceased pets are appalling.

    • Bernell Trapp ALLEN, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is an awesome idea/solution!!! Please use tracking devices on all animals being flown on any plane by any/all airlines. Our precious pets deserve kindness, care, and respect!! They should be taken care of in every situation!!

    • Jonette Ottaway SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The airlines NEED to change. Pets are FAMILY too, and they should be treated as such!

    • Suzy Pulley CONROE, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Airlines are careless when it comes to animals. There should be animal rights laws when it comes to flying! ...putting them w/ cargo is cruel . Animals are family, companions, gifts 'from above' to fill our hearts w/ joy & love. We need to show appreciation for these precious gifts given to us!! Something needs to be done, there needs to be more rules/regulations to take control of these particular situations so that no one else will endure the loss of a loved one as so many have ALREADY!!!! This carelessness & cruelty needs to stop NOW, & these airlines/employees need to be held responsible for their actions! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!


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