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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

If there's one topic that disturbs me greatly it's that of shipping pets on air carriers. It may not be widely known, but thousands of pets are killed each year by overheating/freezing and just plain neglect by airport personnel. When I see people shipping pets for their convenience, I feel obligated to speak up. Such is the case currently over at Tripadvisor Forums. If you too are a canine/feline lover, please take 5 minutes to convince this individual to not ship his pet to Mexico:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k1949741-International_dog_transport-Airlines_Air_Travel.html

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I'm afraid I have to speak up too...

First of all, you don't really know why this family "needs" to take their dog along to Mexico. You are taking for granted that it's for convenience when it may not be that cut and dried. (May it is, maybe it's not.) Given that the person mentions the dog being a beagle, we can guess that it's not an "assistance companion". None the less, there are ways to transport a pet safely. I know, I have shipped hundreds (yes, hundreds) of animals of varies sizes and species over my working career. I honestly can say that none of the animals I shipped died.

I can not speak for the smaller airlines but many of the major ones have been forced to inititate stricter guidelines for shipping because of the Animal Welfare Act. It is the responsibility of the owner to decide how best to proceed or if they want to proceed. Given the time this person wants to travel to Mexico, and depending on the airline, the dog will not be allowed to be shipped. (Regardless of the prices they airline quoted them for the shipping.) Also, depending on the size of the beagle, it may fall within the perimeters of size and taken as carry-on. (Last week, a family flew out of Orlando for places unknown with their two large dachshunds as carry-on.)

Personally, I would ask for information about why the dog "needs" to go to Mexico before making blanket statements. Giving someone useful information about the does/don'ts of shipping will allow the person to make a more informed decision. Seriously, ther replies there so far have not done that. Guidance is a great tool.

Isa now steps down from the soapbox...

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Sorry, but I consider my pet as I would consider my child. Convenience for the owner is not giving first consideration to that animal. I have this same argument with my own sister at times. I would not put my child in a crate in the belly of an aircraft and I certainly would not put my dog there either. Pets should stay at home!!!

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Sorry, but I consider my pet as I would consider my child. .... I would not put my child in a crate in the belly of an aircraft and I certainly would not put my dog there either. Pets should stay at home!!!

And by implication, so should children following this argument?