Target: Mark Rosekind, director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Goal: Require that all animals in vehicles are secured to safety standards.
The majority of Americans don’t buckle up their animals when traveling in vehicles despite the safety risks. The impact of the collision isn’t the only danger to an unrestrained animal. Even if the animal escapes unscathed, it would be spooked and a flight risk. Depending on the location of the accident, the animal could be in danger of being hit by other cars. There are many reasons for an animal to be traveling in a vehicle and unfortunately, many of these vehicles aren’t intended to provide safety for the animal.
For animals considered livestock such as cows and pigs, transportation is a matter of maximizing the number of animals that can fit in one truck. They are crowded together and stacked on top of one another in levels. When trucks like this roll over, all these animals become flying objects. They’ll be thrown onto the road and be at the mercy of being hit by other vehicles.
Horses and other companion animals face similar risks. When a companion animal is involved in an accident, it often ends up fleeing the scene and disappearing into the surrounding area, possibly injured after being thrown from the vehicle. An unrestrained dog or cat can also be a danger to others in the vehicle when in a collision. A ten-pound animal can suddenly become a cannonball that can exert five hundred pounds of force. Larger animals such as horses can become trapped and crushed in trailers or dislodged and struck by oncoming traffic.
Animals should be taken into consideration when it comes to vehicle safety. After all, more than fifty percent of Americans travel with their pets. Many companies have created animal safety harnesses specifically for vehicles, so there is no reason an animal should be at risk when traveling. Livestock or companion animal, they all need to be given the same basic access to safe passage. Sign the petition below to urge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to oversee a standard for traveling animal safety.
Dear Mr. Rosekind,
Thousands of animals travel in vehicles every year and most of them are traveling without any safety restraint. Companion animals are being separated from their families, scared and injured. Livestock are crowded into trucks where many of them can be crushed, thrown from vehicles and struck by oncoming traffic.
All of these incidents are preventable. Over fifty percent of Americans travel with their pets but only about sixteen percent of these Americans use safety restraints for their companion animals. Animals have become an important part of our lives and they go almost everywhere we go. It’s past time we created a safety standard for our beloved furry family members.
Please keep these animals safe on the roadways by creating a safety standard for animals in vehicles.
[Your Name Here]
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