Call for DEFRA to put pressure on ferry companies to take animal welfare into account.
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Yesterday, a friend's dog died on a cross channel ferry run by P&O due to heat exposure, they came down to their car after the 1.5 hour crossing to find one of their beloved pets dead, this is not an isolated incident.
Cross channel ferries refuse to allow owners to have their pets with them, no matter what the weather, and we believe that this is an animal welfare issue.
DEFRA says that: Whenever animals are transported, including journeys with pets, the law says that: ‘No person shall transport any animal in a way which causes or is likely to cause injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal.’, and yet, ferry companies are insisting that pets remain in cars on unventilated car decks
It would be an animal rights abuse for a person to leave their pet in their car on land for over an hour, so how can the ferry companies be allowed to make pet owners do this? The companies charge pet owners a premium for taking their pets already.
We are calling on DEFRA and Liz Truss to ensure that animal welfare is taken into account by these companies, so that more pets are not put through needless suffering.
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