Finally, some good news for pitbull (type) dogs and their owners!
Just a couple of months ago, United Airlines placed restrictions on the types of dogs they would transport as part of their PetSafe Program – and of course, pitbulls and other pitbull-types, were on the list. After United refused to fly her dog, Hawaii resident Jessie Huart started a Change.org petition to “end this discrimination and remove the breed restriction” from their policy.
Over 45,000 people signed.
I have to say, while I probably ignore as many Change.com petitions as I sign, they do really seem to be an agent of change.
United’s reversal signifies a public stance against the breed profiling that pitbull-type dogs face. Functionally, it also means that pet owners who want to relocate or travel with their pets, rescue organizations, and people serving in the military and their families will be able to fly without facing discrimination.
In the words of Best Friends: “Bottom line — the policy change enhances safety, saves lives, and removes myth-based obstacles for responsible pet owners.”
Best Friends also (wisely) suggests showing your support for United’s decision to listen to feedback and to do right by these animals, so consider emailing them or commenting on their Facebook Page to thank them.
Read United’s complete Pet Policy here.