New Rules to Expand Airline Animal Safety Reporting

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced new reporting requirements for U.S. based airlines. The new ruling expands the definition of animals to include all cats and dogs transported by the airline. The previous rules did not apply to breeders.

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

The airlines will also be required to file a yearly report that includes the total number of animals that were lost, injured or died during air transport.

The new reporting requirements will go into effect January 1, 2015.

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