QANTAS: Remove American Staffordshire Terriers  from Qantas Restricted List
  • Petitioned Alan Joyce & Qantas Board of Directors

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Chief Executive Officer
Alan Joyce & Qantas Board of Directors
Executive Manager Freight
Lisa Brock

QANTAS: Remove American Staffordshire Terriers from Qantas Restricted List

    1. Pauline Steele
    2. Petition by

      Pauline Steele

      North Sydney, Australia

August 2013


The American Staffordshire Terrier is not classed a dangerous dog in Australia and yet Qantas has placed it on a restricted list which means pure bred and cross bred Amstaff can’t be transported by Qantas or its designated freight carrier around Australia or overseas.

Amstaff are one of the most popular breeds in Australia and account for 7% of dog ownership. This breed is NOT subject to any restrictions in any state or territory in Australia.

Qantas are deflecting negative comment by stating it’s the policy of the carrier, Australian Air Express.  However AAE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas which reports directly to Qantas Executive Manager Freight so it absolutely is their issue.

The American Temperament Test Society rated American Staffordshire Terriers at 83.4% (anything over 80% is good) in comparison to Collie at 53.3% and Chihuahua at 70.3%.

Qantas response to criticism is "Please note that we remain comfortable in not transporting this specific breed of dog due to historically aggressive behaviour ...." 

This statement shows a complete lack of research or knowledge on the subject and Qantas haven’t been able to produce any evidence of this historically aggressive behaviour.

Quite possibly Qantas was following the lead of other airlines around the world. But, it’s interesting that both United Airlines and American Airlines removed Amstaff from their Restricted List in 2012. [read article here]  It’s time that Qantas did some research and looked at their procedures.  If, as they claim, dogs can escape then surely baggage handlers are more at risk from the dog breeds which are known to bite. American Airlines put new procedures in place in consultation with the industry, why can’t Qantas?

Qantas has flown lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos and pythons.  But American Staffies are too dangerous? It actually means they found a work around to make them willing to transport these potentially dangerous animals.

Nobody would argue against Qantas refusing an aggressive dog. But one aggressive individual dog does not make up an entire breed. Generalising in such a way only serves to punish responsible pet owners and pave the way for BSL to restrict even more breeds. In American BSL in different states now relates to 75 breeds including many popular breeds.

We note that Qantas Customer Charter: Point 6 We Value your Opinion states: "If you have a problem with our performance, we want to hear about it, as your feedback helps us to identify and address issues with our service."  So yes Qantas, we would like you to address this issue.

By signing this petition you are asking Qantas to:

- Review their existing policy and remove American Staffordshire Terriers from their Restricted list, and

- Put in place procedures that are workable for both owners and handlers to ensure that the transport of ALL dogs and animals is done safely and securely.

Please share this Petition with like-minded doggy friends and owners and post on your facebook page and share with any groups.  One person can’t make a difference but people power can!

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Vetico joins us as a supporter

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      We'd like to thank our friends at Vetico for writing an article for their website in support of our petition to Qantas. Make sure you pop over and visit their website or facebook page as it's a fantastic online source for pet owners. : American Staffordshire Terrier on QANTAS no fly list.

      American Staffordshire terriers are one of six breeds banned from flying with Australian Air Express, the air-freight transport service partner of QANTAS. The other breeds on the list include; Brazilian Fila, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, American Pit Bull and Pit Bull Terrier.

    3. 5,000 Signatures a Milestone

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      We're at the half way mark and support and media attention continues. Please continue to tell your dog loving friends and colleagues even if they don't own an Amstaff. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the bigger BSL issue and unless we tackle the small issues even more breeds will be cast under a cloud.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. Pre našich slovenským priaznivcov

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Qantas obmedzil amstaff z ich letov, ktoré ovplyvňuje pet záchranu rehoming a rodiny premiestnenie. Žiadame milovníkov psov na Podpíšte našu on-line petíciu a zdieľať s podobne zmýšľajúcimi priateľmi, ktorí budú pomáhať nám kampaň dostať zákaz amerických Staffordshire pozemkových kníh odstránené.

      To je diskriminácia a my pevne veríme v viniť čin, nie plemeno.

    6. Per i nostri sostenitori italiani

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Qantas ha limitato Amstaff dai loro voli, che colpisce reinserimento animale domestico di salvataggio e le famiglie delocalizzazione. Chiediamo amanti dei cani a firmare la nostra petizione online e condividere con la pensano come amici che ci aiuteranno campagna per ottenere il divieto di American Staffordshire Terrier rimossi.

      Questa è una discriminazione e crediamo fermamente nel dare la colpa al fatto, non la razza.

    7. Für unsere deutschen Fans

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Qantas hat Amstaff von ihren Flügen, die pet rescue rehoming und Familien Verlagerung betroffen beschränkt. Wir bitten Hundeliebhaber unsere Online-Petition und gemeinsam mit gleichgesinnten Freunden, die uns helfen Kampagne, um das Verbot American Staffordshire Terrier entfernt bekommen ANMELDEN.

      Das ist Diskriminierung und wir glauben fest an die Schuld der Tat, nicht der Rasse.

    8. Para nuestros aficionados españoles

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Qantas ha restringido Amstaff de sus vuelos que afecta realojamiento rescate de mascotas y familias recién mudadas. Le estamos pidiendo a los amantes del perro para firmar nuestra petición en línea y compartir con amigos afines que nos ayudarán campaña para la prohibición de American Staffordshire Terriers eliminados.

      Esto es discriminación y creemos firmemente en culpar el hecho, no la raza.

    9. Qantas stand firm on their restriction

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      With over 4,000 signatures we've been in the news again including press in the United States and Malaysia. Australian families continue to be angry that Qantas has not responded to individual approaches or the petitioners explaining their reasoning for adding Amstaff to their list when other airlines have removed their restrictions.

      In contrast, Virgin Australia touched base to let us know that all animals are welcome aboard their flights.

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. We're in the press

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Our Petition has hits the news with stories in 6 online papers including The Australian and interviews on 6PR in Perth and 4BC in Brisbane.

      Outrage as Qantas says no to American Staffordshire Terriers

      Airline refuses to allow Staffies on flights Online petition calls on Qantas to drop ban Qantas labels Staffies an "aggressive" breed QANTAS is under fire for not allowing American Staffordshire Terriers on their flights - but allowing crocodiles. A petition on calls on the national airline to drop the "discriminatory" ban on freight transport of the breed.

    12. Reached 3,000 signatures
    13. Almost to 3,000 signatures

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      As we come close to 3,000 supporters we've added a new cover to our facebook page. We hope you like it. Many thanks to AKR Photography - Paw Imprints from Sydney for their generous offer today of taking photographs for us to use as part of the campaign.

    14. Reached 2,500 signatures
    15. Over 2000 supporters and a new twitter profile!

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Help spread the word by following our new twitter profile and sharing links

    16. Reached 2,000 signatures
    17. 800 signatures in just 3 days!

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of Australia's most popular dog breeds and for Qantas to say it is "historically aggressive" is uneducated and irresponsible. It perpetuates the myth that a particular breed is aggressive when countries overseas are overturning their BSL faster than it was ever implemented AS IT HAS NOT WORKED. Consultation with relevant authorities and owners is what Qantas needs to embrace. Thanks for the support so far.

    18. Reached 750 signatures
    19. Keep the discussion alive on facebook

      Pauline Steele
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for your support to date and we're thrilled with over 100 signatures in the first 8 hours of posting. We'd love to see some of your feedback and comments on our facebook page if you have the time to repost.

    20. Reached 100 signatures



    Mar 04, 2013

    It's time for @qantasairways to rethink unnecessary rules against carrying American Staffy Terriers @staffydownunder

    Clover Moore


    Jan 02, 2013

    Signed ✅ RT @Staffydownunder @Reidy__ Hey Reidy, Muggsy is amazingly handsome! #qantas have called him agressive?

    Andrew Reid

    Reasons for signing

    • Tracey Young AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I own an American Staffy and this now means I'll never fly Qantas with my baby again.

    • Lawrence Larsen NAPERVILLE, MEXICO
      • about 1 year ago

      Staff are loving parts of families

      • about 1 year ago

      Cause I've Got A Staffy Myself & Some People Give Him Funny Looks When Walkin Past, Ect. He's A Big Softy!

      Also, It's The Dogs 'Owners' That Want Criticised... NOT The Breed!

    • Heather Bowman LEXINGTON, KY
      • about 1 year ago

      AmStaffs have forever been deemed vicious dogs. I can attest that they are not vicious at all. My AmStaff is the most loving canine companion I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. To further this, I would like to share a story. My AmStaff and I were taking a walk. 2 dogs, both Border Collies, escaped their yard darting straight for my dog and I. The 2 Border Collies attack both of us. They nearly killed my AmStaff who not once fought back, she didn't growl or even bark. My dog required extensive surgery and had tubes in her shoulders for weeks to drain the infection from the bites inflected on her by the 2 Border Collies. I suffered bite wounds as well. Anyone that tells me Amstaffs are vicious gets to hear this story. The stereotypes associated with the breed are wrong. Dogs will be dogs, any dog is capable of being vicious. If you want to ban Amstaffs, I highly recommend all canine companions be banned.

      • about 1 year ago

      Because they are not dangerous! Because this restriction is illogical and unfair.


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