Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flying some friendlier skies.

Hey sweeties!
Though I've been totally busy with my class, I didn't want to neglect this blog, and I didn't want to neglect any of you, because you're awesome!  So this week is going to be a "copy and paste" of a post of mine from another board.

My ultimate goal in bringing this blog to you is to hopefully shed some light on great cruelty-free brands of makeup, but other animal-related stuff too, such as CF household products, animal charities and businesses, celebs that devote themselves to animals, etc.  So every once in a while, I'll go off the beaten path and not talk about a specific makeup brand, but something in the news that I got a peek at.  
Here's a link a friend of mine posted at this other board, and it's truly horrifying:

Delta offers money for lost dog

Just reading this will give you chills for sure.  Here's my accompanying post in reaction to my friend posting the link:

It's horrible, absolutely horrible. This is a cautionary tale to anyone deciding to fly with their pet. All major airlines - not just Delta - will treat your lost pet exactly like they will treat a lost suitcase. And unfortunately, that's actual policy - they don't treat it as a lost living being. It's a lost piece of your luggage to them, and nothing more. It's given no more or less importance - you literally fill out a form, and hey, they'll call you if it turns up. Their attitude is: "throw enough money at the flyer, and they can buy a new dog or cat."
The only airline that gives you any peace of mind for flying with your pets is Jet Blue, because they don't cargo animals at all. Each flight has two spots reserved for pets to ride in the cabin with their owners. You book over the phone and double check that a spot on your particular flight is open for your pet. It's $50 (
or it was), and your pet flies with YOU. When I very briefly moved to CA for a few months in 2005, I made damn sure that I flew Jet Blue so that Edison would be in the cabin with me. Other airlines will let you bring your pet into the cabin for a fee, but with Jet Blue, it's a little better - since they don't cargo to begin with, there's no fear of any mixup
and them possibly forcing you to cargo your pet. Of course, if you have too big of a pet, that leaves you with very little choice.
Poor little Paco - his owners must be heartbroken. Like free plane tickets will ever bring him back.

So it's a very sad tale, but just please, please be careful any time you fly with your pet. Just know that other than Jet Blue (to my knowledge), the airlines aren't going to care if your pet is lost, harmed or killed.  A couple of free tickets are supposed to be equivalent to the loss of your fur-baby, and it's not right.  Please show this link to anyone you know who is getting ready to travel with their pet, and make sure they do the research for safe ways to travel.

Edison and I are sending Paco all the positive thoughts we can that he's ultimately found safe and reunited with his people.  

Much love to him and to all of you,

Lisa and Edison

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