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 society — and 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.