Don't force us to abandon our pets

Don't force us to abandon our pets

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Hava Ravat started this petition to UK Parliament

There are 2 ways a pet can fly, one way is as checked luggage and the other as cargo, this is the same for all countries except the UK.  The UK only allows animals in cargo which doesn’t sound a problem until you start looking at the cost of it.

To book cargo space from, for example, France for a medium sized dog currently stands at £2500 plus £100 customs charge at Heathrow.  The cost plus the emotional trauma of being parted from your pet renders people helpless but the ones it hurts the most are rescues.

I work with a small animal rescue organisation in China and the pandemic has highlighted the immense problems this law causes.  The normal route rescuers and pet owners use is to fly to France then go through the channel tunnel in to the UK but of course during the pandemic this route has been closed.  In my small social circle alone more than 200 pets have been left, as expats scrambled to get home due to visa cancelations, personal issues etc and were forced to leave their animals behind because they simply could not afford the £4000 cost of sending them by cargo as well as airlines limiting cargo space for animals altogether. 

I currently have 2 dogs that have been waiting over a year to go to the UK where they have adopters waiting for them, these 2 animals like my 3 were rescued off the streets in dire conditions and brought back from the brink of death.  They won’t have a chance if we are forced to leave them behind here and I am 1 lone rescuer, there are so many others like me.

If you google “china rescue dogs land in  USA/Canada/Germany” and compare that with the same google search results for the UK you will see the stark difference in the numbers rescuers are able to send to the UK as opposed to other countries and this is for one reason only, the law that requires us to use cargo only.

The UK has seen a huge spike in dog thefts during the pandemic as it “ran out of dogs” so just think, if we were able to send the thousands of pups that need a loving home along with other rescuers across the world from Russia to Mexico how many problems would we solve.  Rescue animals would get a loving home, check.  The dog theft trade would cease or at least significantly reduce, check.  The UK would join the list of nations that gives animals in otherwise hostile environments a second chance, check.  Pet owners wouldn’t need to go in to debt to get their animals home, check.  The dark side is this, not only do I not want to leave my pets behind but I can’t, this is a hostile nation for animals with no owner and the rescue market is scarce of adopters.  If this law is not changed and I lose my visa for whatever reason I will be forced to put them down before their time and that simply is not fair, to me, to others here like me and around the world and certainly not to the animals and all for a senseless law which no other country has that requires us to only use cargo.

So please sign this petition and share it far and wide, let’s see if we can’t change this law and get freedom for our pets and animals around the world.

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