On Aug 28, 2012, United Airlines killed my 2.5 year old Mastiff BamBam. After making every promise to guarantee his safety with United’s Pet Safe program, from the website to the booking agents to the ground personnel, guaranteeing air conditioned vans to and from the plane and air conditioned cargo areas at all times, United did none of it. On our layover in Houston, for over three hours, he was kept in temperatures in the 90’s. First placed on the tarmac, then in open luggage containers, then in a “holding area” with no a/c. At the height of summer during a heat wave in Texas. Never once was he placed in the air conditioning as promised, the cornerstone of the Pet Safe program.
He was dead on arrival in San Francisco. Although we saw with our own eyes the condition he was in when being boarded, and United’s own admission of NO a/c, and the later admission that NO pet is put in the air conditioned cargo area for layovers of less than 4 hours, they denied any wrong doing. After reviewing the autopsy report, our vet was 100% convinced the cause of death was heatstroke. United’s conclusion was; inconclusive. We were offered travel vouchers and weeks of corporate cover up and then lies to the media of his “special” care while in their hands.
There needs to be an enormous lobby for the airline industry fights any and all expansion of federal oversight in animal transportation. Every 9 days a pet dies on a commercial airline, and hundreds, or thousands, of other animals die each year with zero accountability as to the actual numbers or causes of death. If you accidentally leave a pet in a car in the heat you can be criminally charge with animal cruelty, yet the airlines take our money, sell us their “expertise,” then kill our family pets, deny responsibility and wash their hands by offering traveling vouchers like they are a lost suitcase.
OUR PETS ARE NOT BAGGAGE. The airline lobby may be huge, but the American pet owners “lobby” is worth 45 billion dollars a year and we demand change. We can make change if we stand together with our family members who cannot stand up for themselves.
THE CHANGE WE WANT:
Fully disclose the number of total animal deaths that occur to the Department of Transportation, not just pets.
The airlines to be held liable for wrongful deaths of our pets as living creatures and not as “baggage.”
An independent third party, not the airline, be in charge of the autopsy and the investigation into cause of a pets death.
Links covering this story:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/candi-randy/2012/10/22/united-kills-beloved-pet
http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/second-dog-death-prompts-concerns-about-safety-pets-planes-6169027
http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/second-dog-dies-on-united-airlines-flight/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/flying-deadly-skies-florida-man-140-pound-mastiff-bam-bam-died-cross-country-united-flight-article-1.1169505
http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21008631253197/#.UGPkxKMh7sA.facebook

On Aug 28, 2012, United Airlines killed my 2.5 year old Mastiff BamBam. After making every promise to guarantee his safety with United’s Pet Safe program, from the website to the booking agents to the ground personnel, guaranteeing air conditioned vans to and from the plane and air conditioned cargo areas at all times, United did none of it. On our layover in Houston, for over three hours, he was kept in temperatures in the 90’s. First placed on the tarmac, then in open luggage containers, then in a “holding area” with no a/c. At the height of summer during a heat wave in Texas. Never once was he placed in the air conditioning as promised, the cornerstone of the Pet Safe program.

He was dead on arrival in San Francisco. Although we saw with our own eyes the condition he was in when being boarded, and United’s own admission of NO a/c, and the later admission that NO pet is put in the air conditioned cargo area for layovers of less than 4 hours, they denied any wrong doing. After reviewing the autopsy report, our vet was 100% convinced the cause of death was heatstroke. United’s conclusion was; inconclusive. We were offered travel vouchers and weeks of corporate cover up and then lies to the media of his “special” care while in their hands.

There needs to be an enormous lobby for the airline industry fights any and all expansion of federal oversight in animal transportation. Every 9 days a pet dies on a commercial airline, and hundreds, or thousands, of other animals die each year with zero accountability as to the actual numbers or causes of death. If you accidentally leave a pet in a car in the heat you can be criminally charge with animal cruelty, yet the airlines take our money, sell us their “expertise,” then kill our family pets, deny responsibility and wash their hands by offering traveling vouchers like they are a lost suitcase.

OUR PETS ARE NOT BAGGAGE. The airline lobby may be huge, but the American pet owners “lobby” is worth 45 billion dollars a year and we demand change. We can make change if we stand together with our family members who cannot stand up for themselves.

THE CHANGE WE WANT:

Fully disclose the number of total animal deaths that occur to the Department of Transportation, not just pets.

The airlines to be held liable for wrongful deaths of our pets as living creatures and not as “baggage.”

An independent third party, not the airline, be in charge of the autopsy and the investigation into cause of a pets death.

Links covering this story:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/candi-randy/2012/10/22/united-kills-beloved-pet

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/second-dog-death-prompts-concerns-about-safety-pets-planes-6169027

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/second-dog-dies-on-united-airlines-flight/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/flying-deadly-skies-florida-man-140-pound-mastiff-bam-bam-died-cross-country-united-flight-article-1.1169505

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21008631253197/#.UGPkxKMh7sA.facebook

(Source: yamino, via boyquail)

59,643 notes

namikochan:

envyonthetoastcrossedoutcoast:

breeannabodybag666:

riahreah:

he meows so hard he falls over :o

omg i want them all.

I literally just started giggling like a little baby with my tongue sticking out.

kittens!~!~!~! *rolls on the floor*

namikochan:

envyonthetoastcrossedoutcoast:

breeannabodybag666:

riahreah:

he meows so hard he falls over :o

omg i want them all.

I literally just started giggling like a little baby with my tongue sticking out.

kittens!~!~!~! *rolls on the floor*

(Source: masterofthepotato, via oni-in-disguise)

478,377 notes

A short rant

zoologygirl65:

It has always been a pet peeve of mine when people claim to be animal lovers or active conservationists yet constantly bombard various aspects of social media with pictures of endangered species that they call their “pets”. Its becoming more and more prevalent on twitter, tumblr, facebook, instagram etc etc etc and quite frankly I find it alarming.

Poaching for the black market, “traditional medicines” and the pet trade contribute significantly to the threat of extinction so many species are faced with at the present time. All of us who work tirelessly to save these animals are well aware of this issue. It is my belief that by educating people and halting the demand we can halt the supply, poachers will not poach if there is no market for them to sell to. By purchasing these animals as pets you are not “saving” them, you are simply contributing to consumer demand. This only leads to more animals being taken from the wild.

The only time animals should be kept in captivity or removed from the wild is for true conservation purposes in carefully controlled and regulated breeding programs run by qualified zoological institutions. So please if you are passionate about conserving all of nature’s species DO NOT PURCHASE ENDANGERED ANIMALS!! Sure a slow loris or an endangered tarantula might seem like cool pets but think about the impact  your decisions are having. Whether these animals have now been bred for commercial sale or not at one point they were removed from the wild, depleting their already critical populations. So please I urge you, boycott these sorts of unethical commercial practices in all forms.

And remember, education and awareness are the key.

Thanks guys,
Sami xo

I guess reporting these people who sell endangered animals would help too?

(Source: lifeasazoologist)

zzazu:

queerpong

frends4life

that is the fucking cutest thing ever

(Source: tiny-pine-trail, via rockerfox999)

206,837 notes

rraaaarrl:

Pomswarm [x]

…their faces tho

(via fluffy-feather)

(Source: cineraria, via rockerfox999)

133,982 notes

dizzymayfae:

snazzycookies:

I want the wind-up kitten

tinypaws awuu

(via minawakitten)

43,816 notes

bathsalts:

omg she recognizes me on video chat

350,497 notes

Two cats having a conversation

6 notes