A loophole in the US Department of Transportation’s rules governing pet air travel is allowing airlines to not report the number of animals getting killed, injured or missing during transit in cargo holds.
An NBC Bay Area investigation has found that current DOT rules give the “animal” status to only those animals that are flying as companions or are on companion flights. All other animals transported alone (without an accompanying passenger) are considered “commercial shipment” and airlines are not required to report any deaths to the DOT.
The DOT is considering new rules that will make it mandatory for airlines to report the number of animals transported per year and also report all animal related incidents in the cargo holds.
Read more at NBC Bay Area:
Pet Owners Pressure Airlines to Stop Treating Animals As Cargo