New Law Possibly on the Way to Protect Pets in the Air

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Following the tragic death of Kokito aboard a United Airlines flight last week, Senator Alcantara filed a new bill in New York today to guarantee the safety of companion animals aboard a plane. “Kokito’s Law” guarantees a set of pet passenger rights to all companion animals flying with their humans including that they are given access to food, water and medications during a flight, are kept in a climate-controlled environment and are never placed in an overhead compartment. Violators of any of those rights could be fined up to $5,000.

It’s a start. We need to have a  a pet safety conversation. It would be nice if airline representatives would sit down at a round table with animal welfare representatives to discuss safety in the air and on the ground along with how to deal with the challenges of bogus emotional support pets…

 

tip of the day

Courtesy: The Kong Company
Courtesy: The Kong Company

Distraction toys such as a Kong can provide additional hours of fun if you stuff it with Ultramix sweet potato or pumpkin puree and freeze the toy until the puree is solid. Be sure to give the stuffed Kong to your dog outside or somewhere where you won’t mind cleaning up the mess – if he doesn’t lick up everything for you! Peanut butter is another great option. Courtesy Kong