Investigate Airline Accused Of Causing Excessive Animal Deaths

Target: Elaine L. Chao, United States Secretary of Transportation

Goal: Investigate major airline accused of causing majority of animal deaths on U.S. flights.

According to reports and statistics, more animals have died or come to harm on United Airlines flights than with any other major airline in the United States. While traveling with pets is definitely risky, within the past several years United has seen more animals injured or dead on their flights, topping off the list at one point with 14 deaths in 2015. Simon the giant bunny is a noteworthy death by the hands of United, and he is allegedly only one of many.

The Humane Society has warned against air travel with animals due to most being stored in the cargo and exposed to extreme temperatures, poor ventilation and rough handling. It is unknown whether these animals have died due to negligence on the part of the airline or by accidents or unrelated causes, but the numbers are not good. Air travel may not be ideal, but it should be safe for all passengers, animals included.

We must call for a thorough investigation of the airline and their practices involving animal passengers to ensure that the truth is found and that conditions will be improved to prevent future animal deaths. Sign this petition to help protect future animal passengers on United Airlines flights.


Dear Secretary Chao,

Reports and statistics are showing that more animals have died on United Airlines flights than on any other U.S. airline, the most recent being Simon the giant bunny whose death made major news. The exact cause has yet to be determined, be it negligence on the part of the airline or purely accidental, but animals need to be protected on flights. It is risky enough to travel with animals due to the extreme temperatures and poor ventilation in the cargo storage.

You must thoroughly investigate United Airlines and their protocol when it comes to animal passengers. Too many deaths have already occurred, and we must take as many steps as possible to prevent future tragedies. There is only so much handlers and owners can do. It is up to the airline to keep all passengers safe. Investigate United Airlines, and if necessary, demand that they improve their animal safety protocol.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Pets are precious family members so please show some respect, consideration and compassion towards them or face harsh lawsuits. Remember all lives matter. However, United Airlines didn’t look like the sort of airline people should entrust their furry babies to.

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