Pet Travel is Safest in Years
According to the latest data (http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer/february-2015-air-travel-consumer-report) released from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 17 animals died during transport on U.S. airlines in 2014; the lowest number in years.
In 2014, U.S. airlines reported 17 fatalities and 26 injuries when transporting animals. Back in 2010, 39 deaths were reported.
The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) estimates that at least one million pets travel on U.S. airlines every year.
"Of course, we wish that no pet would die during transport," says Manuel Leunda, IPATA president. "But as we look at the bigger picture, the numbers are incredibly low and decreasing every year. Air travel is the safest and most humane mode of travel for their pets."
"One reason for the declining number of incidents may be that more people are using professional pet shippers than ever before," says Sally Smith, who has operated Airborne Animals for 25 years. " As a professional pet shipper, I depend on the airlines to provide a safe and reliable service for the pets entrusted to me by their owners. I couldn't be successful in this business if I didn't."
Beginning on January 1, 2015, the DOT expanded its rule regarding reporting the loss, injury or death of animals during air transport. The agency will be collecting information from more carriers and including in cabin baggage, accompanied baggage and unaccompanied air cargo shipments and breeder shipments. Read IPATA's press release (http://www.ipata.org/articles/us-dept-of-transportation-n...) for more on the changes.
IPATA, the non-profit trade organization dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport, supports air travel for pets through commercial airlines cargo systems as being the safest, most expedient and humane means of moving animals throughout the United States and around the world. Through its global network, IPATA works with local governments, policymakers, and the airlines directly to make sure pet travel is as safe as possible and to ensure that the number of fatalities continue to decrease. IPATA members are the local point of contact for a specific pet move, and know which agencies and airlines should be contacted and used regarding that move.
Source PRLog - Feb. 25, 2015 - HAWKINS, Texas