Cut the Price of Air Travel for Pets to the UK/Ireland within Europe
  • Petitioning David Heath MP
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

DEFRA
David Heath MP
Aer Lingus
Christoph Müller CEO
Monarch
Kevin George CEO
Thomson
David Burling, Managing Director
BAA
Government Relations
BAA
Colin Matthews CEO
Jet2.com
Philip Meeson CEO
Ryanair
Stephen McNamara
Monarch
Pet Cargo Department
Thomson
Pet Cargo Department
Passports for Pets
Lady Mary Fretwell
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Cut the Price of Air Travel for Pets to the UK/Ireland within Europe

    1. Ancalimë Buchner
    2. Petition by

      Ancalimë Buchner

      Lanzarote, Spain

UK and Irish Airlines must fall in line with the rest of Europe allowing small pets to travel with their owner in the cabin rather than as cargo, thereby cutting the high costs of air travel for cats and dogs.

Currently, there are *no* UK or Irish airlines that allow small dogs or cats to travel in the cabin of the plane (inside a pet carrier), which is something most other European countries´ airlines do allow. This is an affordable way to transport your pet compared to the astronomical cost of UK airlines and "pet reception" services. Ireland has it even worse because they need to fly to the UK first and then take a connecting flight from there. 

As an example, to fly one cat as cargo from Lanzarote to London costs around 500(!) Pounds Sterling (approx. €600), whereas taking a cat or small dog into the cabin with you to go from Lanzarote to Germany, Holland or Belgium will only incur the cost of extra hand luggage, charged per kilo.

The following are the results that these high prices (which can NOT be justified) that the UK/Ireland charges are causing:

1. A big increase in pets being abandoned because people cannot afford the cost to get their animal back to the UK/Ireland (especially during this time of economic crisis). We witness it all the time, people who leave the European country they have lived in to return to the UK/Ireland, simply "dumping" their animals on the street or with people whom they tell "it´s only for a short while, we´ll come back and pick up the cat/dog in a month or so" (of course they don´t come back), who then in turn tend to dump or neglect these animals.

2. The local charities who are already stretched to the limits cannot cope with the increased amount of abandoned animals.

3. Cats that are not feral to begin with who are abandoned can suffer and die from depression and do not fare well living on the streets, and dogs generally end up getting run over by a car.

WHY do most other European airlines that operate in, for example, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain etc., allow small pets to travel inside the cabin, paid for as extra hand luggage, but UK and Irish airlines do not? Since there is no more quarantine these days and the PETS Scheme applies to the UK and Ireland as well, this is obviously not because of health and safety issues, but surely comes down only to money and greed and not the welfare of our pets.

We also see many German, Dutch, Belgian, Spanish etc. tourists taking their small dogs (and sometimes cats) on holiday with them, because it is affordable and simple to do with their airlines. There is NO reason whatsoever why UK/Irish airlines cannot do the same. 

Pet Owners and Pet Lovers on the island of Lanzarote, the UK, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe demand that changes are made in the way that small pets are transported flying from other European countries to and from the UK and Ireland.

This petition does not only stand for Lanzarote, but all other destinations in Europe from where you can not take your pet inside the cabin to fly to the UK and Ireland and have to pay ridiculous prices for pets travelling as cargo.

**Haz clic aquí para la Traducción Español de esta solicitud **

Recent signatures

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    1. Prices have gone up again!

      Ancalimë Buchner
      Petition Organizer

      I just heard that the UK airlines here in Lanzarote have slapped on another €75 on top of the already horrendous price of approx. €500 for one single cat to go to the UK from here. This is OUTRAGEOUS. So many people wish to adopt street cats from here and bring them back for a better life in the UK, but this is made impossible by the current situation. Please keep sharing this petition, thanks!

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Lady Mary Fretwell responds:

      Lady Mary Fretwell

      flight travel with a pet leaving the UK is reasonably priced according to the policy of the individual airlines which pet owners deal directly when booking their flight out. This is not the case for pets entering the UK by air from abro...


    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Decision-maker Lady Mary Fretwell responds:

      Lady Mary Fretwell

      It is a rip off for people coming by air with their pet dog or cat into the United Kingdom. The cost of doing so due to the archaic and unchanged rules laid down by DEFRA in order, they say, to have a paper trail of these pets entering ...


    6. Decision-maker Lady Mary Fretwell responds:

      Lady Mary Fretwell

      Because DEFRA (UK Ministry of Agriculture) insist that all pets entering the UK by air must travel as manifest cargo the costs to the pet owner entering the UK are
      horrendously expensive. This is not so for pet owners entering other EU ...


    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. Decision-maker Pet Cargo Services responds:

      Pet Cargo Services

      Jet2 no longer do Pet Travel, you may as well remove their email address.


    9. We need more supporters

      B B
      by B B
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep SHARING!

    10. More than 300 signatures now!

      B B
      by B B
      Petition Organizer

      Keep sharing this petition please.

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. BAA added

      B B
      by B B
      Petition Organizer

      Colin Matthews, CEO of the British Aviation Authority, has been added to the list of people/organisations to receive this petition.

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. Traducción Español - Spanish Translation of Petition

      B B
      by B B
      Petition Organizer

      Hemos añadido un enlace a la traducción española para esta petición - véase la página de petición.

      Gracias a María Emilia Pazos para la traducción.

    15. Reached 50 signatures
    16. Irish Airlines included in petition

      B B
      by B B
      Petition Organizer

      Just a quick update that I have included the Irish airlines in this petition too because it is the same problem with them as with the UK airlines, and hoping that we can make some changes there as well!

    17. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Eva Paulo ISLEWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 days ago

      I'm Portuguese, and i stay several weeks in Portugal, I would like to take Lizzie with me, and not have to leave her alone or in a Cattery.

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    • william bagnall SANDY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 13 days ago

      We have been put off visiting relatives in Ireland because we cant leave our small dog alone at home alone.

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    • Neve Gacheva LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 16 days ago

      It is just FAIR and it is in a favor of animals!

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    • Irene Paterson Hesford LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 17 days ago

      It is crucial for me to be able to take my small dog to and from Greece as my husband is there and I will not see him otherwise. The only way if can be managed at the moment is to pay around £2,000 each trip or to take him via a channel port on foot or by car and then get him to Paris and fly via there. My understanding is that I can take him out by Air France but there is no UK airport set up to receive animals on passports apart from via the cargo route. This means that although the airlines are prepared to take the animal in the cabin if it fulfils the rules, they cannot bring them into the country owing to the airport rules. I cannot see why the border control officials cannot check dog passports in the same way as human passports as if it a matter of checking documentation and that's it.

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      • 19 days ago

      in mi caso es importante porque quiero visitar mi familia con mi perrito y no quiero dejarlo en guardaria. En el caso general creo que es importante para los perritos que estan abandonada por su dueños cuando tienen que regresar a su pais por razones economicas. Todo es (o deberia) ser por el beneficio de los animales.

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