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JACK’S LEGACY: What “Never Again” Is REALLY Going to Take

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I’ve spent the last few days and weeks delving deeper into the tragedies BEHIND the tragedy of what happened to Jack:

  • the tragedies of other animals being lost and killed while in the airlines’ care;
  • the tragedy of our government’s lack of interest in protecting creatures who are traveling by air;
  • the tragedy that many commercial businesses will say ANYTHING to make money;
  • and finally, the tragedy that many pet owners don’t even know that their pets are in danger when they fly.

Small groups of concerned Friends of Jack (FoJs) have assembled in various forums to discuss the legacy of Jack: what it’s going to take to make sure no other pet is lost by an airline.  But this is a complex goal that involves at least three separate and distinct categories of players:

  • animal guardians;
  • the airlines; and
  • the U.S. government.

Each of these groups must participate in certain ways if a traveling animal is to be safe.

ANIMAL GUARDIANS

The first line of defense against an animal being lost during transportation is that animal’s guardians.  Those guardians include:

  • pet parents (a person who has agreed to be the caretaker of a companion animal for its lifetime);
  • rescue groups (people/organizations who agree to take care of an animal until it can be placed with a pet parent);
  • breeders (anyone who has overseen the conception and birth of an animal and who seeks to sell it to a pet parent);
  • anyone else who has agreed to be responsible for an animal’s food and shelter for a specific period of time.

Many pet parents and other responsible parties who often either travel with pets or who have pets traveling alone (e.g., rescue groups who arrange transport of pets to their pet parents in other cities) are aware of the hazards of air travel and take precautions to insure the safety of the animal.  It is relatively rare (though not unheard of – e.g., Vivi) that pet parents who allow their dogs to participate in many dog shows experience difficulty with air travel.  Like all experienced travelers, these pet parents know the “ins and outs” and know how to keep their furry kids safe.

There are is one HUGE challenge at this level:

Educating Animal Guardians Who Do Not Travel Regularly (or ever) With Their Pet: Jack’s mom, Karen, fell into this group.  She did what she knew how to do: she consulted with her vet and with the airline regulations.  She even went a step further and consulted with a friend who was an airline flight attendant.  But it never occurred to her to do further research on what else she might need to do to keep Jack safe – because she didn’t know that airlines do not place keeping pets safe as a high priority.  She did not know that airlines really do consider pets to be no different from other forms of checked baggage or cargo.  We need to educate pet parents about the hazards of pet travel when a pet must go as checked baggage or cargo (including information about pet carriers!), providing information about other travel options, and precautions to take if being separated from your pet is unavoidable.

THE AIRLINES

Each airline has its own specific rules for pet travel.  Some, like Southwest and Jet Blue, only allow pets to travel under the seat.  This is fine, of course, unless you wish to travel with a pet who does not fit under the seat (I’ll be writing a blog post on non-baggage travel options for these pets soon).  This means your precious fur-baby is now in the care of the airlines for the duration of your travel.  In a reasonable world, what should the airlines be doing to insure your pet’s safety as you go from Point A to Point B?

  1. Every airline should have its own secure area where animals wait to be placed on the plane.  The person paying the pet’s way should be allowed to put the animal in that area.  That area then should be viewable by all pet guardians via webcam.
  2. Only trained, concerned, pet-friendly handlers should be allowed to handle pets.  As in the story of Lynn Jones,  concerned, educated baggage handlers can save lives.  Ideally, these folks should be paid a little bit more!!
  3. Because accidents WILL happen, airlines must have a response plan in place.  Just as on-board airline staff are prepared for emergencies, so too must workers in the cargo and baggage areas be prepared for the worst.  Airlines must drill their employees on what to do if a dog or cat does escape from its crate, and every airlines should have a search team (including search dog) on retainer and ready to respond within 2 hours of a pet going missing on airport grounds.  The closest we have seen to this yet was the case of Wenty – and Alaska Airlines deserves kudos for their cooperation.  Airlines must emulate – and even improve on! – this response.

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

Finally, because the airline industry is HIGHLY  regulated (especially in the wake of 9/11), the government must also be willing to stand up to commercial interests and stand for the appropriate care of all animals who are being transported by air.  There are two significant initiatives that could make air travel for animals much safer:

  1. Treat ALL Traveling Animals with Dignity, Respect, and ACCOUNTABILITY: Right now, in the U.S., animals that are not traveling with their pet parent are not accounted for on the monthly, publicly available, Department of Transportation Pet Incident Reports.  As I wrote in my last blog post, the definition of “animal” only includes those animals being returned to their parent or guardian.  Animals traveling to their new homes or to pet stores are not counted.  This means literally hundreds of thousands (and perhaps millions) of dogs and cats are flying each year and, should something happen to any of them, there only accountability is the airline’s “liability” to the “shipper” – usually about $150 per animal.  Animals are allowed to be lost, injured, suffer and even die — and the U.S. public has no way to find out about how often this happens. And the “guardians” of many of these animals don’t want anyone to know what has happened. This further reinforces the airlines’ stance that  pets are no different from other forms of checked baggage or cargo.   All animals traveling as cargo or checked baggage need to be accounted for by the DoT and the USDA.
  2. Impose SERIOUS fines on airlines that do not appropriately care for animals in transit: what if American Airlines had to pay a fee for every day Jack had been lost – let’s say a fine of $1,000 per day.  This would force the airlines to respond in one of three ways:
    • Be much more careful in the transport of animals;
    • Raise the price of shipping animals to insure that these costs would be covered  (which would force people to find other, safer ways to travel with their pets); and/or
    • Get out of the animal shipping business.

I actually could live with any of those outcomes.

So, to anyone that is reading this, I think this covers many of the bases of what it’s going to take to make NEVER AGAIN  a reality.  What do you think???

41 thoughts on “JACK’S LEGACY: What “Never Again” Is REALLY Going to Take

  1. This is a great blog post. I couldn’t agree more with your recommendations. Pets are family members and should be treated with love and respect. Airlines need to acknowledge that point and implement safer ways for pet travel.

    • I appreciate the blog. I will always remember Jack. The sadness then the happiness when he was found then once again the sadness when he passed. I have been so touched by this tragedy. It is nice to have a place to share thoughts and find comfort.

  2. Wow, this whole situation with Jack has really opened my eyes. Your suggestions are spot on. Unless there are better regulations (like you suggested above) for pet travel I will be driving my “babies with fur” via car.

  3. So many issues need to be addressed re the airlines.This will take time. Any laws passed will take time. I think the main issue is to “educate the animal guardians.” so after realizing the risks involved will choose not to fly their pets in the “unsafe” manner in cargo. Hopefully they will choose to put their pets safety first “if they are aware of the risk.Great blog with a great deal of information.

  4. Very well stated and a first rate action plan well thought out. I will continue to follow, educate, inform and do whatever I can do from my end. I do not travel with my pets; but you never know what lies in the future. Jack will forever be in my heart. His tragedy really opened up my eyes; even with my experience for a non kill animal shelter as a board member.
    So… how do we move forward? Numbers provide strength … we need to band together on a national level on these 3 fractions that you discuss.

  5. Mary Beth, your blog post is all so true. I love my animals so much, as most people do, and we have to make this change for “Never Again” …

  6. I think this is very well-written and makes total sense. It’s a very organized, comprehensive plan. THANK YOU for your efforts (and other FOJs) for putting this together. Now, how do we start? I know the government and airline prongs will especially take some lobbying. Can we form lobbying groups?

    Thank you again.

  7. First I want to say that I was deeply saddened on the one month anniversary of Jack’s death. I still can’t believe this happened. I am so grateful that Wenty was found so quickly but I have to admit it made me sad and angry, too. I know Jack could have made it if American Airlines had been as conscientious as Alaska Airlines and had pulled out all the stops to find him.

    With that said, I think we need to keep our focus on the airlines. Many people comment that they would only drive with their furbabies but that might not always be possible. What if you are relocating overseas? What if you have to travel alone? Going too far of a distance might not be safe.

    One other idea is the possibility of encouraging Amtrak to make provisions for pets to travel by train. This could boost passenger rail service in this country (which I know is basically dead) and that could have a number of positive benefits for transportation in this country.

  8. Is that Jack and Barry? Looks just like my Sam and Chiquita, but Chiquita had calico markings too!

  9. Former airline manager here – I’ve really enjoyed reading your ideas. Most of them are excellent. I’d add to your proposal for a secured staging area for pets that it be a secured, CLIMATE CONTROLLED staging area. By far the greatest cruelty I’ve seen to pets in hold is having a transport container staged airside for loading for 30 minutes or longer in rain, snow, sleet, hail…this is common. Heat-related illnesses occur because of this practice as well. I’ve seen dogs and cats panic from being dumped on the ramp for lengthy periods of time because the noise from jet engines is intense and painful. When pets escape from their containers this panic is generally the reason for it.

    Personally, I’d never, ever check one of my dogs in the baggage hold. I’ve seen how they’re handled.

  10. Education and Legislation!
    Now how to get this ball of change to roll faster….

  11. Great info Mary Beth! You have done an amazing amount of research into this. I am totally with you on all points especially secure pet areas, pet trained baggage handlers and the response plan. Alaska Airlines and Sea Tac set the standard this past weekend with Wenty.

    I still hold onto my suggestion that we need a new standard for pet carriers that are acceptable for cargo travel, (single unit, non removable gate, secure locking system or a two piece that is held together by heavy duty nuts and bolts and does not come apart without tools) In all three cases, Jack, George, and most recently Wenty (and there are others), the carriers came apart (due to mishandling) allowing the cats to escape. Even if baggage handlers were trained to handle pets and the current carriers properly, all it takes is a bump or just lifting a carrier to open one of the clips. Add in a 10-20+ lb pet, moving around inside and you have an even more compromised carrier. Think of when you place a cat or a dog in one of these carriers, and they are sitting to the side or the back, there is an uneven weight distribution, making the carrier more vulnerable when lifted. The new standard could be made available for sale to owners who travel with their pets in cargo. Or perhaps, airlines have to have several on hand which can be rented, reserved ahead of time, for a fee. I understand that current carriers are in two pieces for easy storage and cleaning. I would have no problem purchasing one, or reserving one, paying a deposit to the airline and picking it up ahead of time to clean it out before traveling with my pet who needs to travel in cargo. Cost to manufacture these should not be that much more than the current two piece models…..I would think.

    We need some polices in place that dictate how animals are loaded/unloaded during extreme temps, cold, heat and in case of delays or long trips in terms of keeping a pet in cargo hydrated.

    I also think about pets going through security that are traveling in the main cabin with their owners. We know of incidences of lost cats during this process. I nearly lost my cat this way, and have friends that have had near misses as well. I now suggest to everyone I know traveling with a pet, esp a cat, even the non skittish ones, to harness and leash your pet (watch for tangling!) before loading them into their carrier. At security, ask the agent or if they will allow you to grab the end of the leash first. Then as they open the carrier, grab the harness as well, holding tight while you walk through with your pet. Once through security, place the pet back into the carrier. At some point when in a secure area, perhaps the bathroom, remove the leash to avoid tangling. This has saved at least 5 cats of friends and some acquaintances who have had some near misses in security. It would be fantastic if there could be a small room next to security which is secure but perhaps has large windows to satisfy TSA and Homeland Security issues, where pets could be taken, unloaded, carriers checked and reloaded before exiting the room.

    I also think about some of the issues affecting pets in cargo…..with temp control, etc. This could be part of a pilots checklist like so many other things they have listed…..so that they know that they have pets in cargo and can check that temps are comfortable and the pets are safe. I am assuming that cargo space for pets is separate from luggage. And wouldn’t it be great if this area was carpeted and sound protected like the passenger cabin. Would not take that much to retrofit a cargo area.

    OK, I’ll stop now……..keep fighting the good fight!

  12. I like the idea of imposing a fine when a pet is lost or dies in cargo. After all, it’s not like losing a few shirts and underwear, but they pay for those, when they’re lost forever.

    However, instead of creating a situation that makes it more expensive to fly pets with us (sometimes it’s the only practical way to get a pet from point A to B), why not encourage the airlines to have a pet section in coach? I can remember when smoking was allowed in the back of all airplanes, and I would vomit and end up being ill for hours after the flight if I was seated in the back. Airlines didn’t care then. The allergic reaction a small percentage of people have to pets would be less of a health risk than smoking, and would probably be non-existant if there were a seperated area. It should be in or near the front of the plane because some pets get motion sickness, just like some people do.

  13. Very well thought out and well said. For there to be change, Congress members need to be written to and made aware of the dangers of traveling with pets.

  14. This post is well thought out, and could be used as the beginning of well needed legislation to protect animals being transported by the airline industry. The only thing left is a standardized carrier design which can stand up to mishandling. Also, airline personal should be required to report possible abuse, and termination of employees who fail to act in an appropriate manner; such as the supervisor who fired Lynn Jones for doing what is right.

  15. I am reading so many good ideas. I am in agreement with all of Mary Beth’s comments. Luigi’s suggestions deserve inclusion in any final plan. The man has been behind the scenes and has no doubt seen it all, and knows things that might be of help. I have thought from the beginning a more secure carrier is needed, with a “failsafe” system in place. If a pet escapes from the carrier, there needs to be something that contains the animal. to a secure area. Alaska Air truly has their act together and their procedures for finding a lost pet should be studied. In the case of Wenty, they were perfection and need to be commended.

  16. I think these are wonderful ideas. Especially where the airlines have to be held responsible for their actions or lack thereof. I feel like they have been beating their customers up with everything from checking luggage, sitting on the tarmac for hours at a time, and now this… no care for their other passengers – our pets!
    I think the pets that board a plane should be wearing this: http://www.pettracker.com/
    It would be grand if the airline supplied this & the tracking (if needed). They could remove it once the pet lands safely at it’s destination & just re-use for the next pet passenger.

    As always, thank you!

  17. Let us get a petition started, numbers matter to these people, they are bean counters. Each name signed counts as so many voters to them. Petition the government, get as many signatures as one can, and show them that WE DEMAND change. You can go to care2.com and start a petition, or even go directly to the White House and do the same — https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petitions. To make our voices heard, we have to do something official and something that makes some noise en masse. The noisy wheel gets the grease… You can also contact your local reps and send them a letter. So, we need to write a petition and get a form letter to send to reps, are people in for this?

  18. Great job! Let’s get it into play!

  19. Excellent post! You’ve taken a giant problem and broken it down into much more manageable pieces. I deeply appreciate all your research, time, and hard work.

  20. I am still with you, Mary Beth. I still cry for Jack, and all he went through when I come to these pages, I am going thru`my own hell now as the holidays approach, I just don`t know how I will get through, without my “Boys” but if I can do anything at all to help, please let me know. My email was cloudsntrees@msn.com but I haven`t been able to get into my msn.hotmail for almost six weeks now, despite sending lots of messages etc. and getting No answers whatsoever. I am going thru`cloudsntrees@yahoo.com for the time being, but even having trouble there.

  21. I guess I can’t stop……I lay awake at night thinking about Jack and other pets…….

    Just checked out a website which was recommended to me by an FoJ called Dryfur. They have bolts that can replace the clips that currently lock two piece carriers. If there really can withstand mishandling, or at the very least normal handling with the weight of a pet inside a carrier, moving around, then it should be mandatory that all carriers have clips replaced with these bolts. BUT…..that being said, the carriers only have a couple of clips….and if they were replaced with bolts, would that be enough to make these carriers escape proof and sturdy enough? Should they still be redesigned…..perhaps worth looking into…..conduct the “test” we used to see on TV for Samsonite luggage….but with a carrier with some weighted sandbags inside….or something….

  22. Thank you for putting what truly needs to be said out there! From merely observing the horrible process of what you had to deal with Jack and all those around I have come a lot closer to my furr baby. As with many of us, I know of the pain when a pet dies. Bravo for sharing your experience with us all, butI truly wished for a happier ending.

    • *but I truly wanted a happier end. Jack as with so many others did NOT need to suffer from lack of awareness of corporate companies who fail to educate and monitor their workers!

  23. Just the fact that you and Karen are carrying on with this web page and Jack’s Facebook page are forces for good, Mary Beth. I think you have written an excellent blog which makes many important points. Webcams hopefully can record what causes and how pets actually do get out of the carriers. Even the better crates are cheaply made & not made to withstand much moving around, slamming up & down, shifting of animal’s weight, etc. Just that they are made to be later assembled (split into two halves with cheap bolts) is an accident waiting to happen. I think that all crate manufacturers should be immediately made aware of this. Also, the harness ideas for cats might belooked into. I saw some interesting jacket type harnesses at Meet the Breeds in NY last month.

  24. EXCELLENT post! I completely agree! Very well said.

  25. Mary Beth sums up the current position well. The best position we as pet guardians can immediately address is enclosure safety. Most pet carriers are poorly designed. Plain or fancy they are designed to please the human eye not animal security. The best currently on the market are made of material with screening and zipper enclosures. With proper caution,that is, a leash for TSA inspections they serve their purpose well. Their draw backs include size and the fact they are not suitable for cargo loading unless you place them inside a wired cage with that added expense. Therefore it is necessary to modify the available wire mesh & plastic carriers on the market. Others have pointed out methods of doing this. So let’s jump to the next step: Barage those carriers manufacturer’s with letters and e-mail demanding they correct their defects. Remember pets are a small number to airlines & government but all important to pet carriers. Striking at the weakest point is always a good battle plan.

  26. All pet carriers that come in two pieces should come pre-drilled for zip-ties at more points than there are bolts. The plastic around the door should also be pre-drilled for these ties. Anyone sending their pet in cargo should be required to zip-tie the whole thing before travel and airlines should not accept ones that are not. Also, extra ties should be taped to the kennel in case staff needs to get in there in an emergency or if one of the ties doesn’t hold.

    That’s a start. Ultimately, pet travel should be handled by airlines that only cater to pets. Such an airline exists and if they are successful, they will eventually fly to more destinations. Perhaps one day, if they get big enough, they can buy planes and allow people to travel with their pets without the severe restrictions commercial airlines have for pets traveling in the passenger areas.

  27. Thank you Mary Beth!
    I think about Jack, often, and all of the folks that were so highly involved in finding him, taking care of him, and now supporting the need for change. Please let Karen know I’m so very sorry she and Jack had to endure this.

  28. No corporation listens or makes changes until sued. Sad but true. A lawsuit for this loss should be initiated. This is a personal injury to this woman who lost her family member at the hands of a negligent corporation. That corporation is responsible for the actions of their employees.
    Once you have their attention more things can be put in place.

  29. I totally agree with William Posey that we FoJs should make a concerted effort to contact the carrier manufacturers to improve their design. There are certainly good commercial prospects for whichever company steps up to the plate and designs a sturdy, foolproof pet carrier.

  30. Thank you for all your good research, Mary Beth, your suggestions and those of the other respondents.
    For small animals in the resin and wire pet containers. your pet will not get out if you use that wide Scotch fiberglass tape and make a total complete turn with a broad overlap around the length and then the width of your carrier to supplement the latches. You know how hard that tape is to break when you get it on a package! Takes a box cutter blade.
    Now I have no suggestion how to arrive at your destination with a box cutter for quick release. Maybe you can take little nail scissors in your checked luggage or maybe put a small box of old fashioned razor blades in checked baggage. I have packed on checked baggage several times a Swiss Army knife and it went through. Now if you are not checking any baggage – that is another problem.

  31. MB, you raise several vital points. Karen did everything an informed person would think to do when moving her entire life out west. Jack and Barry were an important part of her planning, and she is faultless. That being said, now we know better. Harnesses, leashes, GPS collars, safe carriers. For the airlines, it’s now on them. Retrofitted, apportioned animal passengers cabins (NOT CARGO), the search teams/awareness you outlined, the “Alaska Airlines” model.

    Best wishes to you, Karen, and the critters for the holiday season.

  32. FANTASTIC! I could not agree more! Especially the designated animal waiting area AT the airports! Animals are living creatures — NOT books! Truly wonderful assessment!

  33. Wonderful, beautifully reasoned post, Mary Beth. I woke again this morning in tears over what poor Jack had to endure – and with renewed appreciation for how you’ve turned this sad loss into a rallying cry that will help so many other animals and their humans.

  34. This is a TERRIFIC blog addressing a very serious issue of concern to many people. Good job! I am concerned about your categories of human/animal relationships, specifically the terms “pet guardian” and “pet parent”. I’m certain that I am not a “pet parent”. Each of my 3 dogs had a mother and a father — and, in some cases, I knew them. A “guardian” sounds pretty casual. I am a DOG OWNER. I chose each of my dogs because her attitudes and view of life matched mine. We work together doing agility, sheep herding, and therapy work and my dogs take turns going to my job with me. They have all had extensive training. They live in my house, sleep in my bed, and regard me as their pack leader. I OWN these dogs. I am the one and only person who will make decisions for them. No government agency or deranged “animal rights” group has anything to say about what they eat, how they are trained, or what they get to do for fun. So, you may be wondering, WHAT is my point? The terms “guardian” and “pet parent” are a subtle move to take away OWNERSHIP rights of animal owners and change those rights to a “guardian” status that can be revoked on the whim of whatever agency or group happens to be in power in your area. You are on a GOOD crusade here — to bring about a safe way for our animals to travel. Please don’t (with all the best intentions) fall into the trap of accepting terminology that is designed to lead to bad legislation.

  35. Pet parents will have to take the initiative first because the wheels that run corporations and governments turn slowly, often in different directions, and sometimes stupidly. We, as pet parents must be the first line of defense for out furbabies, until such time as the various mechanisms that run corporations and governments wake up and begin to see things clearly. Lose a pet, lose some profit; lose a pet, get voted out of office. The more we talk about this situation, the more pet owners will become aware of the hazards of flying their beloved pets in cargo.

  36. The link to Lynn Jones no longer goes to the story and I can’t find in posted on that site.

    Here’s a link to the Huffington Post article that includes news coverage:

    “Lynn Jones, Nevada Airport Worker, Fired After Refusing To Load Sick Dog”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/lynn-jones-nevada-airport_n_1132056.html

    Comment there says:

    UPDATE!! Did you see? They apologized and offered her the job back!! http://tinyurl.com/796fvko

    “”***Update: Lynn Jones has been offered her job back! ***

    After Lynn’s former employer, American Terminal Services, Inc., received a firestorm of criticism for terminating her, the company offered reinstatement with full back pay. The president of the company said that “Jones actions were courageous and the reaction of some management employees was regrettable. She said the incident will be used as ‘teachable moment’ for all employees.”

    However, Jones said she was worried about retaliation if she returns, but is considering the offer and appreciates the firm’s efforts to make the situation right.”

    * * * * * * * *
    “Fired Airport Worker Accepts Job Offer, Plans Return to Work”, news video,

    http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Fired-Airport-Worker-Accepts-Job-Offer-Plans/ktQemJaZC0OZAuP1RC1AWQ.cspx

    “Reno, NV (KRNV and mynews4.com)– Lynn Jones, who was fired after she refused to load an emaciated dog onto an airplane at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, has accepted a job offer from the same company that fired her.

    Airport Terminal Services made the offer Monday, and Jones accepted it Tuesday morning. Company officials say they offered her back pay and full reinstatement of her benefits. She will return to work at her old job with the same management team that fired her.

    “We’re like a family at ATS,” Jones said. “We fight, we make up, and we move on. I hope we can move on from this.”

    Jones was fired November 12 after she said she saw an emaciated dog in obvious distress, whose paws were raw and covered with sores. She refused to load the animal onto a plane bound for Corpus Christi, Texas, and was fired. Washoe County Animal Services and Airport Police took the dog to a local veterinarian where it underwent treatment for several days before resuming its trip.

    Officials say they can’t offer much more information because of a state law aimed at protecting those who report abuse. The language of Cooney’s Law makes it a misdemeanor to discuss some aspects of animal abuse cases.”

    • So glad Lynn did what was right and her employer realized they were wrong.

      According to The Associated Press on Wed, Dec 7, 2011, her employer, St. Louis-based Airport Terminal Services, are supposedly going to use it as a “teachable moment”.

      “UPDATED: Airport Worker Gets Job Back After Dog Fiasco”

      http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2011/12/07/abqnewsseeker/updated-airport-worker-gets-job-back-after-dog-fiasco.html

      ATS are lucky to have an employee like Lynn, and we need more concerned people willing to get involved and learn about the issues.

      Happy to see them giving a donation to the Nevada Humane Society over the next three years to help “strengthen awareness regarding the mistreatment of animals.”

      The Nevada Humane Society is doing a great job working with others to save the lives of more animals, so I’m very pleased to see that.

      I would strongly recommend that Lynn give PETA back their “Compassionate Action Award” and their box of vegan chocolates as they are not, as the media claims, an animal rights organization. (PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk said so, http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=8608)

      If PETA had been involved, they would likely have capitalized on the publicity in order to rake in donations, then “euthanized” the dog like the do with thousands of other adoptable animals they get their hands on in Norfolk, VA. Their beliefs actually demonstrate the idea that pets are disposable and not worth the time and effort to rehabilitate and re-home them – the opposite of the Nevada Humane Society which is working with Animals Services to implement the No Kill Equation in their area, http://www.no-killnews.com/?cat=14

      Another case of the media not doing their research.

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