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Petitioning Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, JetBlue Airways

STOP BREED BANS-Airlines Must Create An Expert Animal Health And Care Advisory Board

**UPDATE*** The Airlines NEED expert animal counsel BAD. More HORRIBLE decisions coming down. Delta recently announced a ban on Pit Bull type dogs, including service dogs and emotional support dogs effective on July 10th, 2018.  This will be extremely damaging for Veterans, those with disabilities and all anyone who relies on their dog's for physical and emotional support.  We need these airlines to get their ACT TOGETHER. All of these issues can be avoided if they would listen to advocates, animal professionals and owners alike.  Sign our petition to get the airlines to recognize they need our help NOW.    -------------------Trending Recent News- Dog Dies In Airline Bin Dog Mistakenly Flown To Japan The recent news of this dog dying due to poor advice from airline staff just solidifies that airlines need expert advice in how to handle and care for the pets that fly with them. Airlines need expert advice on how to handle pets, where they need to stay, how they need to be cared for and more.  Our proposal is to create a travel coalition of the top leaders in the world on pet health and safety. We will then work directly with the airlines to create safe environments for pets that travel so that there are NO MORE DEATHS. is volunteering to start and spearhead this coalition for the well being of all our pets. Sign the petition below to show the airlines that they MUST have better protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of our pets.
277,165 supporters
Petitioning Kevin Krone

Southwest Airlines: Stop Promoting SeaWorld Animal Cruelty

If you've seen the film Blackfish, you already know that SeaWorld has a long history of abusing animals and covering up injuries sustained by trainers. Southwest Airlines has been a cheerleader for this cruelty by partnering with SeaWorld for 25 years -- offering deals on flights and promotions to customers who attend SeaWorld. Now that SeaWorld's inhumane practices are in the spotlight, I'm asking the airline to stop partnering with SeaWorld immediately.There are so many problems including abuse of Tilikum, the main breeding male orca, who was caught in the wild when he was just 2 years old and has since been stressed out, isolated, and pushed to the point of eventually killing a trainer. Orcas in captivity live miserable lives which are much shorter than those in the wild. Nakai, an orca at SeaWorld in San Diego had "a dinner plate-sized chunk" injury that many believe came from an attack from another orca at the facility. Another example is that orcas at SeaWorld have collapsed dorsal fins which does not happen in the wild where they belong. It's a sign of being physically and mentally unhealthy. In all, The Orca Project reports that "37 orcas have died in captivity at SeaWorld's 3 parks."The New York Times describes some of the footage from Blackfish as: "bleeding whales, flanks raked by the teeth of their fellow captives; a trainer crushed between two gigantic beasts with only his wet suit holding him together; another trainer dragged repeatedly to the bottom of a pool until he manages to escape."On top of all this, SeaWorld is currently waging a battle to bring wild caught beluga whales into the US from Russia even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) denied the permit due to concerns of the animals' welfare. More than a dozen belugas have already prematurely died in SeaWorld's 'care' but they still want to capture more wild animals. The shameful list of SeaWorld's unethical treatment of animals can go on and on.I have flown on Southwest as recently as this year and was even considering getting one of those Southwest Airlines mileage credit cards, but no more -- Southwest needs to understand that they are promoting animal cruelty seen in Blackfish if they continue to partner with SeaWorld as they have done for the last 25 years. They do promotional deals, sent out joint-press releases patting each other on the back, and are working hand in hand to profit from the misery of animals exploited for SeaWorld.Tilikum and the other animals at SeaWorld deserve better, and that will start to happen when SeaWorld feels wide public action. We have the awareness, now let's get active!Southwest Airlines has a choice. Will it support the animal cruelty at SeaWorld or make a compassionate choice to end this partnership of cruelty?Please sign my petition.

Robin Merritt
32,066 supporters
Petitioning Southwest Airlines

Boycott Against Southwest Airlines For Violent Removal of Anila Daulatzai

On the evening of September 26th, a pregnant Professor Anila Daulatzai was violently removed from Southwest airlines Flight 1525. The following is a statement on behalf of Anila Daulatzai: “October 4, 2017. Anila Daulatzai was violently removed from a Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday, September 26 at Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Maryland. She survived sexism, racial profiling, and police brutality that fateful day. Her mistreatment was particularly distressing because she is presently pregnant with her first child. Professor Daulatzai's story has gone untold. She discussed her non-life threatening allergies to dogs with Southwest representatives upon entering the aircraft, and together they decided that she could manage by sitting away from the dogs towards the rear of the plane. Southwest allows for passengers to choose their own seats, and Professor Daulatzai found a seat comfortably distant from the animals. Contrary to the Southwest statement and various media reports, Professor Daulatzai never asked for the dogs to be removed from the plane, did not request an EpiPen, nor did she ever claim that her allergies were life-threatening. Professor Daulatzai buckled her seat belt, turned on the overhead light, and started grading student papers. She was then approached by a series of Southwest representatives, and answered every question asked of her. She was never asked for medical certification, nor would she have needed to carry that, because her allergies are not life threatening. Despite trying to convince the crew that she would be completely fine on the plane, she was asked by another Southwest representative to leave the plane. Shortly thereafter the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled her from her seat by her belt loop, dragged her through the aisle exposed with torn pants, and humiliated her for the world to see in a now viral video. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police later disparaged her, accused her of lying about her pregnancy, and made racist remarks about immigrants. They also handed her a list of criminal charges, which have no merit. Professor Daulatzai suffered physical injuries and mental trauma, required emergency care at a local hospital, including for her pregnancy, and is under continuing medical care. Professor Daulatzai has also received hate mail, including racist messages and threats of further violence. There was an attempted break in into her home. She has since left her home, fearing for her safety. Anila Daulatzai, who previously taught at Brown University, Harvard Divinity School as well as internationally, presently holds a faculty appointment at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a Southwest frequent flier and is currently travelling to California weekly to take care of her hospitalized father. Her removal from the flight had nothing to do with allergies or safety concerns. Professor Daulatzai was profiled, abused, interrogated, detained, and subjected to false reporting and the trauma of racist, vitriolic public shaming precisely because she is a woman, a person of color, and a Muslim. This endangered the physical and emotional well-being of a pregnant woman, researcher, and teacher. Professor Daulatzai and her family express gratitude to everyone who suspended judgment about what happened until hearing her account of the events that unfolded that evening.” The full statement can be found here.  Southwest Airline’s forcible removal of Anila from the airplane reeks of racism and Islamophobia. Ironically, one of the myriad of topics that Anila teaches about is institutionalized Islamophobia and the ways in which Muslims have been criminalized during the War on Terror. Watching a pregnant Anila being grabbed from her seat, so violently that her pants had completely ripped open, was painfully emblematic of the systems of oppression that Anila teaches her pupils. We demand that Southwest Airlines issue an official apology, not some staged cover-up, to Daulatzai, acknowledging the Islamophobic and racist roots of this horrible incident. We demand that Southwest Airlines implement anti-Islamophobia, anti-racism, and implicit biases trainings for all of its employees working on its aircrafts. We demand that Southwest Airlines condemn police brutality. We demand justice for Anila Daulatzai. We demand justice for passengers of color, Muslims passengers, and passengers racialized as Muslims that are subject to this form of institutionalized Islamophobia and racism. Until these demands are met, we refuse to fly on an airline that treats people of color and Muslims in this way. We refuse to be profiled. We refuse to be complicit in and happy consumers of institutionalized racism and Islamophobia: systems of oppression that result in violence against Muslim, black, and persons of color bodies. Please sign the petition to express your opposition to Southwest Airlines’ removal of Anila Daulatzai, and to pledge your intention to boycott the airline until the demands are met. #BoycottSouthwest #JusticeForAnila #FlyingWhileBrown   Amara is a former student of Anila Daulatzai, studying at Brown University. 

Amara Majeed
12,558 supporters
Petitioning United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines

Handicap Airplane Seats: Why We Need Them

To United Airlines and all other national and international airline companies: My name is Victoria Rossi. I am 18 years old and live in New Jersey. When I was less than a year old, I was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy, which has led me to live in a wheelchair. Having a disability can be frustrating. It comes with its ups and downs. The last thing a disabled person wants to feel like is powerless. To replace this feeling, we try to lead a normal life and act just like any other teenager. One way I act like any other teenage girl is traveling. As an early graduation present, my parents took me to Las Vegas. Like anybody else, I was thrilled to take off and see the glamour of the city. But first, I had to deal with leaving New Jersey and flying across the country. Most kids with muscular dystrophy have secondary medical conditions which require a lot of necessary medical equipment. I would not be able to travel without this equipment, which means I have a lot of carry-ons. Between me and my parents, there were 3 suitcases and 12 carry-ons. The packing process seems exhausting already, but this is just scratching the surface. My muscular dystrophy and scoliosis cause me to have a hard time keeping my posture. Because of this, I cannot sit in a regular airplane seat. Instead, I have to sit in a toddler car seat. As juvenile as it may seem, it is the only thing that supports my back and head. It has to be strapped down to the airplane seat. Once I am in my car seat, I have to sit in it from the start of boarding to after everyone else gets off the plane. To add to this, the airline company struggled to load my wheelchair into the “belly” of the plane. My mom had to explain how to maneuver my chair and eventually had to go to the belly of the plane and help the cargo loaders. They eventually had to tilt my chair sideways and leave it in the plane that way. This delayed my flight by almost an hour. If major turbulence happened during the flight and my chair fell over, it could have been damaged, and then I would not be able to move around or function on vacation. These inconveniences can be even worse for other disabled people. I was in an uncomfortable car seat for almost 8 hours, leaving my body in physical and emotional trauma. Some families may not be able to afford or use a car seat and will have to sit their child or sibling in their lap. This can also be very exhausting for a disabled person and for the person that is supporting them. For these reasons and more, wheelchair accessibility should be considered for airplanes. Although it would mean the removal of a couple of seats, it would be much more efficient for people in wheelchairs to have them simply roll from the gate to the plane in their chair than to have them transferred from their chair to a different and uncomfortable seat. All that you need to do is remove some seats and add wheelchair tie downs. You can find these in other accessible vehicles such as minivans and buses. Now, before you close this letter, let me explain why it would be easier to have accessible airplanes. First and foremost, this would allow the maximum amount of comfort for those in wheelchairs. Most wheelchairs have footrests and a recline or tilt function. Airplane seats do not have all of these features. This would also most likely take away some carry-ons and create smoother transitions during the travel process. Disabled people want nothing more than normal life, and an easier travel day can add to this. Traveling is stressful enough for people who are able, so please consider handicap children, teenagers, and adults when creating new airplane models. Have handicapped people roam freely. I thank you in advance for considering this adaptation.                                          Sincerely,                                       Victoria Rossi

Victoria Rossi
5,971 supporters
Petitioning Airlines for America, Delta Air Lines, Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines

Allow Hedgehogs and other Small Exotic Pets as Carry-On Pets

Overview: Hedgehogs, along with several other exotic animals were recently banned from being allowed as service or emotional support animals (ESAs) onboard major US airlines including American Airlines and United Airlines because they are considered to be a "safety and/or public health risk."  Moreover, these animals and any other animal that is basically not a cat or dog will not be permitted onboard even if they are secured in a pet carrier at all times.  Although, some airlines will permit small domesticated birds or bunnies/rabbits and American Airlines still allows miniature horses onboard as service animals.  My Mission: To convince major airlines to lift the ban on hedgehogs and other certain small exotic animals, regardless if they are an ESA or simply just a beloved pet, and allow them onboard with their owners as a carry-on as long as 1) they are secured safely in a pet carrier at all times during the flight, 2) they don't need to be taken out of the carrier to be given food or water or otherwise cared for during the flight, 3) they are not smelly, noisy or otherwise disruptive to other passengers and crewmembers, and 4) they are healthy, parasite free and safe to fly with as documented by a recent letter or affidavit from a licensed veterinarian.  Please read on and sign this petition if you would like to help me urge major airlines to allow small exotic animals/pets, that meet the 4 guidelines above, onboard with their owners instead of just banning them entirely.  #LetHedgiesFly **The carrier must comply with all airline safety and size restrictions but be large enough for the comfort of the animal and small enough to be either held in the owner's lap or placed safely under the passenger seat in front of the owner. **Animals that are venomous, poisonous, diseased or illegal within the US should obviously not be allowed onboard at all. Background:ESA laws allow people to have "any animal" onboard airlines outside of a pet carrier at no extra charge as long as the owner has the proper paperwork or documentation including, but not limited to, a letter from a licensed mental health professional stating that the animal is needed for the emotional and/or psychological well-being of its owner.  According to the US Department of Transportation, airlines are able to exclude certain animals if they are deemed to be too large, too heavy, a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others, or a disruption.  Additionally, "airlines are never required to accept snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders, and spiders."  Some exotic animals do not fall into any of these categories, so airlines have been allowing them onboard as ESAs in the past and, not surprisingly, this has led to a huge increase in animal related "incidents" because, unlike service animals such as seeing-eye dogs that receive years of specific behavioral training before being matched with their owners, ESAs "are not trained to perform tasks or recognize particular signs or symptoms" and are not required to have special training in order to be classified as an ESA which basically makes them not much more than pets.  Although, some airlines specify that ESAs must be "trained" to behave properly in a public setting and follow the owner's direction upon command.  However, they do not require documented proof of this training except merely a signed form on which the owner confirms that their ESA is "trained."  Airlines also state that if the animal shows aggressive or disruptive behavior in any way, then they will not be permitted onboard or will be removed from the aircraft entirely, but this policy doesn't exactly help other passengers and crewmembers if the animal misbehaves after the aircraft has already taken off. Obviously, allowing any animal, exotic or otherwise, onboard any type of public transportation outside of a pet carrier is a potential "safety and/or public health risk" and will cause problems one way or another because animals perceive their environment differently than humans and will act upon their instincts to protect themselves and/or their owners as evidenced by a news article published last year about a man who was "mauled" by an emotional support dog on a Delta airline flight.   Furthermore, most cat and dog breeds produce a lot of dander and are therefore more of a "public health risk" to passengers with allergies than a hypoallergenic pet that produces little or no dander.  And yet cats and dogs (with certain breed restrictions of course) are still permitted onboard most airlines as a pet or ESA.  Even some larger dog breeds are permitted onboard as ESAs without having to be muzzled or made to wear booties to cover their claws as a safety precaution. My Experience: I personally love all types of animals but am unfortunately allergic to cats and I'm not permitted to have a dog in my small apartment, so I decided to adopt an African Pygmy Hedgehog not just because they are extremely adorable and compact in size but especially because they are hypoallergenic, nonaggressive and very low maintenance.  My hedgehog's name is Peter Quill (Instagram: @littlestarlord_quill) and he is a sweet little fur baby that sleeps all day, because hedgehogs are nocturnal, but when he is active, he makes very little noise except for the sound his tiny paws make while running on his exercise wheel.  I was hoping to visit my best friend this year in Louisiana, which is only a 3 1/2 hour direct flight from JFK to MSY, so I emailed several airlines (Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and American) requesting permission to bring him with me onboard so long as he was secured in a pet carrier but they all denied my request.  Extremely disappointed, I even considered taking Quill with me on a 30+ hour train ride instead, so I emailed Amtrak the same request, but was again denied. Conclusion: Responsible exotic pet owners should be able to travel with their pets on airlines, especially if they are clearly less of a "safety and/or public health risk" than a cat or dog.   I wholeheartedly and sincerely hope that major airlines will take this petition under consideration and realize that lifting the ban and permitting certain small exotic animals onboard their aircrafts secured in a proper pet carrier would make a lot of their customers extremely happy and most importantly, it would also greatly reduce the number of animal related "incidents" that they are experiencing, especially if they also require that small emotional support dogs and cats be safely secured in pet carriers and larger emotional support dog breeds be required to wear a muzzle and paw booties, not just for the safety of others but for the safety of the animal and its owner as well. Disclaimer:  The beliefs and/or opinions stated in this petition, including those listed below, are solely mine and were not influenced or solicited by any outside parties, groups or organizations. **All animal/pet owners are responsible for ensuring that their animal is legal to have wherever they are travelling to or from.

Heather Luti
4,998 supporters
Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, JetBlue Airways, El Al, Turkish Airlines, Swiss air, Lufthansa, internat...

get airline companies to welcome dogs on their flights!

As time flies by, flights are becoming a more common way to travel. Dogs have long been close friends of the homo sapiens, and are becoming more and more one of our family members. Young siblings, our own children. We see it everywhere. every pet store out there provides us with cute clothing for our furry friends, tiny shoes, diapers for the younger ones! We have hair and beauty salons for our 4-legged buddies.We take them to their own playgrounds in the neighborhood, we send them to special dog-hotels, we give them showers, brush their teeth, give them expensive medical care when they need it, hug them at night, tell them "come to mommy", and the list goes on and on (and on!)One area in which we have made little progress is taking our "bigger" fury friends with us on the flight. Usually a dog can join us in the cabin if he's very (VERY) small - in most airlines the dog has to weigh no more than 8kg INCLUDING THE CAGE. the majority of dogs weigh much more than that; leaving this possibility only to very tiny dog breeds (and cats...)Your only other option is to put your doggy - in the cargo! Just think how ridiculous it sounds - putting someone you love, someone you care about, someone you snuggle with in bed on cold winter nights - in the cargo! I know MANY people that avoid taking their doggies on vacations. honestly, I think most people do. not only that health regulations of different countries require an exhaustive process in order for our fury family members to join us - the airline companies do not make it any easier.  most people leave their beloved "fluffy" to the neighbors, or pay hundreds of dollars for them to be in a dog-hotel. Wouldn't it be much MUCH better if they could just.. join us? My husband and I take our little Jimmy (he's my emotional support dog - which is something I will talk about soon) on trips around the world, and he just adores that. people at the airport and on the airplane are super excited about having a dog to lighten their day, he's like an attraction for everybody. Everyone we talk to says how they would like to take their dogs with them, but they don't want to deal with this headache, or they don't want to put them in the cargo- to make them sit in the dark, all confused, anxious and ALONE.You don't do that to a living thing that you love. You don't do it to anyone!Lately there has been a real increase in the amount of people demanding their dogs to be recognized as an ESA (emotional support animal). Some people really do need it. they have had their little fluffy with them for so long, and he provides real service for them. service they CANNOT do without. Because of the grey area and lack of a real definition of what makes a dog an emotional support animal; many people abuse the loophole, and register their animal as an ESA only to avoid sending them to the cargo. this causes distrust between the airlines and the people; and makes mentally-ill people be in constant need of proving their mental issues, which causes a lot of unnecessary distress for an already vulnerable population (me among them). But how can you really blame the people trying to register their dog as an ESA?For most people I know, having to fly for hours knowing that their best friend is sitting in the dark; possibly in danger; DEFINITELY in distress - makes for a very uneasy experience, possibly one that they would rather avoid. One that most people do choose to avoid.  With this petition we will let the airlines know that we are willing to do anything to have our fury family members with us on the cabin like they deserve. let dogs that are bigger than a chihuahua join us on the cabin. we will NOT throw our dogs under the bus (literally). we will not treat them like luggage. 

Baby jimmy carson
2,852 supporters
Petitioning Southwest Airlines, Melissa Corradetti

SWA: Allow rescued puppies on flights from Turks & Caicos

In November 2017, Southwest Airlines began service to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.  However, unlike all other American and Canadian airlines (JetBlue, American, Delta, United, WestJet, AirCanada), that provide service to the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), Southwest Airlines does NOT allow pets in cabin on international flights. In June of 2018, I traveled to Grace Bay in the TCI for a vacation.  A popular activity in Grace Bay is to walk rescued puppies on the most beautiful beach in the world.  The puppies, called “potcakes,” because they are typically fed leftover rice and peas from the bottom of the cooking pot by residents, are the traditional village dogs of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands.  Potcake Place K-9 Rescue, in Providenciales, enlists the help of tourists to socialize the puppies they rescue, preparing them for life in a forever home.  Naturally, many people fall in love with these potcake puppies and want to adopt them, thereby helping to reduce the number of homeless potcakes on the island. I, too, fell in love with a sweet potcake puppy named Onyx (now Luca), and was disheartened to learn that in order to adopt that puppy and bring him home with me, I would have to change my itinerary, because Southwest policy clearly states, “Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.”  Consequently, I immediately cancelled my Southwest flight, and booked a one-way ticket with American Airlines.  Later, I found the following explanation online:  “Most countries have animal health regulations that require certain health conditions to be met before an animal can be legally admitted to the country.  As a result, we made a business decision not to accept pets on international itineraries.” – Lindsey, Community Manager, The Southwest Airlines Community, October 2016. HOWEVER: On January 31, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Federal Register Notice (FRN), detailing guidance regarding “rabies-free” countries and importing a dog into the United States. ( o   According to this guidance, dogs from countries assessed as not having CRVV (canine rabies virus variant) present, based on internationally accepted standards, are considered rabies-free and therefore no rabies vaccination certificate is required. o  The CDC guidance does not identify the Turks & Caicos Islands as having CRVV, and, furthermore TCI is not on the list of countries requiring a rabies vaccine. ( o   In addition, rescued dogs from the Turks & Caicos Islands leave with a current medical record and valid health certificate.  Pending inspection upon arrival in the U.S.,  these rescued puppies meet the requirements set forth in 42 CFR 71.51, thus making them eligible for legal importation into the United States. ( In light of this updated HHS guidance regarding importing dogs from rabies-free countries into the United States, it would seem reasonable to request that Southwest review its current policy prohibiting animals in-cabin on international flights, and consider allowing pets in-cabin on flights originating in the Turks & Caicos Islands. By continuing its current policy, Southwest Airlines stands alone in preventing adopters and couriers from providing homes to these homeless puppies. Many potcake supporters will not fly Southwest when visiting Turks & Caicos for this reason.  Thus, in addition to losing fares and loyal passengers on this route, Southwest is also losing out on an opportunity to help make a difference in the stray dog population in Turks & Caicos.  In fact, the current policy seems inconsistent with Southwest’s highly regarded culture of connecting people to what’s important in their lives and being a good citizen in the community. Help us convince Southwest Airlines to change its policy and allow pets on flights from the Turks & Caicos Islands to the United States.

Melissa Corradetti
1,393 supporters