Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Help Create Jack's Law

Jack the Cat's Law would force airlines to utilize GPS or other similar tracking devices, such as leg bands, harnesses, or collars on traveling pets placed in the cargo section of airplanes. Failure to do this on the part of the airline should result in large fines.

Every year, pets are lost in cargo holds or baggage areas and are never found again. One pet, Jack the cat, was lost in New York City's JFK airport by American Airlines on August 25, 2011. American Airlines had mishandled Jack's carrier during the check-in process, which resulted in it breaking.

Jack wasn't found until 61 days later when he fell through a ceiling tile in the customs office, located in the same terminal where he had gotten lost. The kitty was severely malnourished and injured, and sadly had to be euthanized due to his condition. on November 6, 2011.

In an article by the New York Times, it was reported that Jack's skin was very thin due to the malnourishment and dehydration, which made him prone to organ dysfunction and severe infections. Before veterinarians recommended euthanasia as the best course for Jack, they had tried intravenous fluids, an operation, a feeding tube, and antibiotics.

Unfortunately, American Airlines was slow to provide a response and search for the kitty. It took the airline 60 hours before they called Ms. Pascoe back to give her an initial update on their rescue efforts. The airline only began to act more responsibly when the story hit the media.

What happened to Jack is absolutely heartbreaking. Please sign this petition so that we can prevent other pets traveling in the cargo section of airplanes from being lost.

Create "Jack the Cat's Law"

The New York Times: Jack the Cat, Lost and Then Found at J.F.K., Dies


  1. Thanks for sharing this! We have already signed the petition, and asked others to do so, too.

  2. Thank you for signing and asking others to sign it, too. Poor Jack. :(

  3. I have signed the petition, too. I cried when I heard the news. It should never happen...our fur babies are not baggage but family.

  4. I totally agree! I think all airlines should let our fur babies come up in the actual airplane with us instead of being shoved down in the cargo hold! Right now, I only know a couple of airlines ho do that. :( If I ever fly with my fur babies, I will only fly an airline who will let me bring them on board with me.