Written by PETA
Update: Jack the cat has passed
away because of injuries that he suffered while lost inside JFK airport. After
spending two months in the American Airlines baggage-claim area, Jack was
finally found when he fell through the ceiling. Airline employees took him to a
veterinarian, but the severe wounds covering half his body, a raging infection,
and starvation were too much for Jack to surmount. His Facebook page, flooded
with condolences, will, we hope, prevent similar tragedies from occurring by
serving as a reminder that animals should travel in the cabin with their guardians.
Originally posted September 2, 2011
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With thousands of us hitting the road
for the long Labor Day weekend, it bears repeating that animals should never be transported in the cargo hold
of an airplane. In another hideous example of what can happen when airlines treat animals like
a cat named Jack is currently lost inside JFK Airport
after he escaped from his carrier before he could be loaded into the plane's cargo
hold. Jack has been lost in JFK's baggage claim area for a week, and attempts
to catch the terrified cat have all failed.
When vacationing, it's safest to leave animals
at home with a trusted adult friend or relative or a bonded, recommended professional
sitter. Don't cut corners or be casual—too much rides on your careful
selection. If you must bring your animals, drive to your destination, or if you
fly, the animals must ride in the cabin of the plane with you, under the seat. See
PETA's "Traveling With
Companion Animals" factsheet
for more information.
And if you're traveling by car this
weekend, remember to keep an eye out for animals in distress. If you see an
animal near the road, stop to help, and please, if you pass an animal who looks
dead, don't assume that he or she actually is.
Safely pull over and make sure that
the animal is dead by gently touching the outer corner of the eye and pinching one
of the animal's toes. If the eye blinks or the animal pulls back, the animal is
still alive, and you will need to take him or her to the nearest veterinary
clinic and/or call the local humane society or the police (call 911 if you have
to—do not give up). And be sure to stay with the animal until help arrives. For more information on braking for animals, see our list of tips.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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