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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Transportation Department Strengthens Pet Safety Rule

Travelers who fly with their pets will have access to more information about the loss, injury or death of an animal during air transport under a new rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday.

The rule, which will go into effect Jan. 1, will change the number of carriers required to report incidents from 14 to 27, according to Reuters. Previously only the larger airlines had to provide the information.

The rule also expands the definition of "animal" to include all cats and dogs transported by a carrier, including those being shipped by a breeder. Previously, only pets traveling with owners were taken into account.

All carriers that the rule applies to will now have to file a calendar-year report that will include the total number of animals transported in addition to the total number that are lost, injured or die.

The Transportation Department has been publishing such incidents in its monthly Air Travel Consumer Report but the new rule will provide much more information.

"This rule will provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record when it comes to transporting animals," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a written statement. "Consumers deserve clear and accurate information when choosing among air transportation options."


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