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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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Senator
    Mary Landrieu
  • Senator
    Brian Schatz
  • Representative
    Jim Moran
  • Representative
    Grace Meng
  • Representative
    Debbie Dingell
  • Representative
    Lois Capps
  • Lois Capps
  • FAA, Eastern Division - William Flanagan, Manager
    US department of transportation
  • CEO Gerard Arpey
    American Airlines
  • U.S. Senate


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