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United Airlines Bans Traveling with “Dangerous Breeds”

March 13, 2012 by Jillian at Tails in Featured, Home with 3 Comments

Pit bullLast week, United Airlines “Fly the Friendly Skies” became less dog-friendly. After merging with Continental, the airline giant instituted breed discriminations/restrictions on dogs that look like Pit Bulls and pet parents are howling in disbelief.

The airline singled out nine breeds and deemed them “dangerous”–leaving travelers in a tough situation and innocent dogs grounded. But pet parents are using the web to create petitions and putting United Airlines in the dog house.

 

The revised travel policy can be found on United’s site and it states that:

“United will not accept the following breeds of dogs once they have reached either 6 months of age or 20 pounds (9 kg) in weight (whichever comes first). This includes mixed breeds of these dogs. No exceptions to this embargo will be permitted” (pss.United.com).

The restricted breeds include the following:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Presa Canario
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Cane Corso
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Tosa (or Tosa Ken)
  • Ca de Bou

Despite opposition from every major animal rights group and states like Ohio repealing breed discrimination laws, it’s saddening that United Airlines has taken this stance on certain dog breeds.

Jessie Huart found out the hard way when she was told her 10-year-old Pit Bull “Slaw” couldn’t travel with her because of his breed. Appalled by United’s policy, Jamie started a petition on Change.org to garner enough support that United reverses its policy. The petition has almost 25,000 signatures already and as a pet lover, your signature can help change this policy.

To find out more about this effort and tell United that it’s not okay to discriminate against certain breeds, visit:  http://www.change.org/petitions/united-airlines-remove-breed-discrimination-from-pet-policy.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Merritt CliftonMarch 15, 2012 at 11:58 pmReply

    Since 1982, the breeds that United Airlines no longer carries have together accounted for less than 3.5% of the U.S. dog population, based on classified ads offering dogs for sale or adoption. However, 2,130 dogs of these breeds have been involved in fatal & disfiguring attacks on humans, 60% of the total; 888 fatal & disfiguring attacks on children, 52% of the total; 733 fatal & disfiguring attacks on adults, 68% of the total; and 217 fatalities, 46% of the total (Rottweilers account for 23% of the fatalities). Also of note is that 39% of the fatal & disfiguring attacks by these breeds have occurred since the Best Friends Animal Society and the American Humane Association ramped up their opposition to breed-specific legislation in 2007. Further of note is that for each fatal or disfiguring attack by a “bully breed” on a human being, there are dozens on other dogs and cats. “Bully breeds” have accounted for 51% of the fatal and disfiguring attacks on horses, livestock, and pets that have landed in court since 2005.

  2. cINDYMarch 13, 2012 at 10:11 pmReply

    UNITED WE BAN! I WILL NEVER FLY UNITED AGAIN

  3. SheilaMarch 13, 2012 at 9:07 amReply

    This is absolutely ridiculous. They just lost my business and I don’t even have a dog of any of those breeds.

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