Success: United Airlines to Stop Subjecting Animals to Cruel Deaths in Cargo Compartments

Target: Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines

Goal: Thank United Airlines for suspending reservations for the cargo transport of animals until official company policies are reviewed and changed.

Unnecessary in-flight deaths and suffering of family pets may soon be brought to an end. For several years, United Airlines has been responsible for more in-flight animal deaths than any other major airline in the United States. Although many of these animals have died while stowed in cargo compartments, where they are exposed to temperature extremes, others have died due to staff negligence, as in the recent case of a puppy who died of suffocation after he was forced into an overhead luggage bin. These and other cases have sparked public outrage, both within the ForceChange community and throughout the nation.

At last, United Airlines is agreeing to review its animal transportation policies and will be suspending all future animal reservations until further notice. After acknowledging that change was needed, the company stated that it would conduct “a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets.”

It is hopeful that any changes United makes will mean the end of preventable animal deaths due to negligence or cruelty. Sign this petition to express your support for the airline’s decision to halt new animal reservations.


Dear Mr. Munoz,

After reports have shown that more animals have died while traveling on United flights than with any other major airline in the United States, and after a puppy died of suffocation from being forced into an overhead bin, it is encouraging that at last your company is looking to make some much-needed policy changes.

While it should go without saying that animals must be protected during flights, we are grateful that you are reviewing the causes of death and that no more animals will be subjected to cruelty and negligence during flights until such changes can be made. We, the undersigned, appreciate this necessary first step and are hopeful that animal safety protocols will be changed to prevent future incidents of death and suffering.


[Your Name Here]

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