- Animal Welfare InstituteCathy Liss, President
- Jim MoranRepresentative
- Grace MengRepresentative
- Debbie DingellRepresentative
- Lois Capps
- US department of transportationFAA, Eastern Division - William Flanagan, Manager
- American AirlinesCEO Gerard Arpey
Create "Jack the Cat's Law"
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.
I just signed the following petition addressed to: American Airlines, US Department of Transportation, Animal Welfare Institute, Rep. Jim Moran VA-08, Rep. Elton Gallegly CA-24, Rep. Sandy Levin MI-12, Sen. Harry Reid NV, Sen. Mary Landrieu LA, Rep. Gregory Meeks NY-06, Sen. Daniel Akaka HI
Require airlines to provide GPS tracking devices (collars, leg band, or harness, etc) for family pets traveling in cargo.
Help us create "Jack the Cat's" Law in memory of Jack the Cat, who was lost in Terminal 8 at JFK after American Airlines mishandled his carrier during the check-in process and allowed the cat to escape.
Jack the cat was lost in the John F Kennedy NYC airport in the American Airlines baggage center on Aug. 25, 2011. He was recovered 61 days later in the same terminal in which he was lost, severely injured and malnourished. With great sadness, Jack had to be euthanized on Nov 6th due to the severe nature of his injuries.
The cat was secured in his kennel and double secured with plastic ties by an American Airline employee. Thirty minutes later, Jack's owner, Karen Pascoe, was notified that Jack had disappeared from his kennel. The baggage and surrounding areas was searched for weeks. Jack was finally recovered when he fell through a ceiling tile in the Customs offices.
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.
Airlines must be held be responsible in handling pets traveling in cargo areas. They must be required to have GPS systems that will enable the location of missing pets in a quick and efficient manner.
American Airlines is responsible for Jack's death. It it time for the airline to step up and start leading the industry in pet travel safety.
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