Confirmed victory

Update 3/14/12: After tens of thousands of messages were sent from petition signers, United Airlines made a superficial change to their pet policy page. The airline continues to discriminate against the same nine breeds and singles out those breeds alongside their right-to-refuse any individual dog who displays aggressive behavior. The only change they made was in the name of the discriminatory policy, removing the word "dangerous."

Please continue urging United to remove its discriminatory breed restrictions!

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United and Continental Airlines have merged and United has adopted Continental's discriminatory pet policies. The airline's PetSafe program enforces a pet policy with a Dangerous Dog Breed Restriction, which defines a dangerous dog solely by his breed. This restriction prevents responsible owners of Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and several other breeds from flying with their pets on United Airlines. 

United Airlines is the only airline in the U.S. with a breed-specific dangerous dog restriction. Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and dozens of other experts across the country oppose such breed-specific policies.  A dog is an individual with his own unique personality and should be judged based on temperament, not on appearance or breed.

Please sign this petition to let Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines, know you do not agree with their discrimination and that you encourage them to remove the breed restriction in their dangerous dog policy.

Letter to
CEO, United Airlines Jeffery A. Smisek
Director of Customer Care Anne Seeley
Senior VP of Marketing Mark Bergsrud
and 2 others
PetSafe Program
Manager, United Pet Program Lisa Schoppa
I am writing about United's discriminatory pet policies adopted in the merger with Continental. The PetSafe program enforces a Dangerous Dog Breed Restriction, which defines a dangerous dog solely by his breed. This restriction prevents responsible owners of Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and several other breeds from flying with their pets on United Airlines.

Although removing the word "dangerous" from the original policy is a step in the right direction, continuing to ban breeds without consideration for the temperaments of individual dogs -- as well as listing these breeds alongside your right-to-refuse individual dogs who display aggressive behavior -- still discriminates against responsible families and their dogs.

United Airlines is the only airline in the U.S. with a breed-specific dangerous dog restriction. Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and dozens of other experts across the country oppose such breed-specific policies. A dog is an individual with his own unique personality and should be judged based on temperament, not on appearance or breed.

I urge you to end this discrimination and remove the breed restriction in your aggressive/vicious dog policy.

Sincerely,