Better Protection For Animals On Airlines Needed

Protect Animals on Planes
The Animal Legal Defense Fund condemns the tragic death of Kokito, a 10-month-old puppy, aboard a United Airlines flight on March 13, 2018.

Kokito was forced by United to ride in an unventalated overhead bin — against the pleas of his guardian Catalina Robledo — for a three-hour flight.

Unfortunately, Kokito’s story is all too familiar. Last year alone, 18 animals died on United flights.

When it comes to air travel, animals desperately need stronger protections — and your support is needed to help pass them.


We’ve already begun working with New York State Senator Marisol Alcantra on the Animal Passenger Bill of Rights, which would:

  • Ban animals from overhead compartments
  • Require proper climate control and ventilation for animals transported in cabins separate from their owners
  • Require airline employees based in New York to be trained in pet safety

We’re also actively looking into legislation in other states, and at the federal level, to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

Though our laws still classify animals like Kokito as “property,” Americans overwhelmingly consider our animal companions to be members of the family. It is time for our laws to catch up to our values as a societyand recognize that animals are living beings, not pieces of luggage.

Make a gift to the Animal Legal Defense Fund today and together we will continue to fight for the legal protections that animals deserve.

For the animals,
Stephen Wells, Executive Director
Stephen Wells 
Executive Director

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