Equal Rights for Pets on the Horizon

Image courtesy of Fort Carson, with Sgt. Jeff Harness in pool.https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortcarson/9733987837/

Image courtesy of Fort Carson, with Sgt. Jeff Harness in pool. https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortcarson/9733987837/

As a pet owner, it’s a daunting task to take your best friend on a trip. The rising costs/fees associated with flying as a human passenger have significantly hindered many people from flying, let alone bringing Fido or Fluffy along and train travel was not an option.Yet, hope is on the horizon.

The Pets on Trains Act of 2013 – if passed, will allow safe travel for dogs and cats on trains, which will create a few things:

  • An economic boost for train companies(such as Amtrak), who have been struggling for several years.
  • It will allow owners the health benefits associated with keeping their pets with them.
  • Pet owners will save significant money by not having to pay for kennel or pet care fees.
  • It will prevent separation anxiety for both pet and owner.

Pilot Program to Begin

Although the Pets on Train Act will still be working its way through congress, the Transportation Department of Illinois has agreed to allow a pilot program to begin next week allowing train travel with pets ( dogs and cats) between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois. With a reasonable fee of $25 per pet, it will hopefully entice owners to hop on a train more often.

Tax Deductions for Pets

Along with an act that may allow pet travel on trains, Representative McCotter(R-Mich), has made a move to introduce a $3,500 tax break for pet medical bills and is asking for co-sponsorship for H.R. 3501, called the Humanity and Partnered Pets Through The Years Act.

Pet advocates are guardedly optimistic over the recent legislation activity surrounding the travel act. However, the outcome of a tax deduction seems less likely, since it appears to have stagnated in a committee and the overall outlook for human health care reform has taken precedence.

What Pet Owners Can Do Now

If more pet owners and advocacy groups begin to lobby and fight for more animal rights, it will hopefully keep the notion in our politician’s minds that a healthy pet = a healthy pet owner.  In essence, it will be cutting human health care costs. By incorporating those ideas, maybe one day our greatest companions will be given the equal rights they so deserve.









About thewritegirlforthejob

During college, I began my writing career as a reporter for a newspaper. After graduating with honors in 2004, I continued my journalism and public relations education at Barry University and Empire State College(graduating with a BA). As a freelance writer, I have over 100+ published works and have had the honor of authoring the commissioned book, History Restored. Since starting my writing career, I've edited more books for authors rather than complete my own - since work comes first before I have the pleasure to write. I've been very lucky to be given the gift of having a very supportive family that has allowed me to share my passion of creating and writing and can already see my youngest wanting a page of her own soon.
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2 Responses to Equal Rights for Pets on the Horizon

  1. I’ve been thinking about how our family will (eventually) relocate to North Carolina. I know that we plan to hire a moving company to pack up and haul the stuff but we don’t yet know if we’ll drive a vehicle or fly. (And buy new vehicles there.) Flying out the dog and cat sounds really expensive. Perhaps this train thing is worth looking into. Thanks for the heads-up.

  2. Glad to hear you’re relocating to North Carolina in the future – Lucky you! We moved back to NY from Florida about 7 years ago and took only 2 car loads of stuff because the price of moving a whole household is quite costly. For us, it was cheaper to rebuy everything we needed(garage sales and craigslist helped us get back on our feet) and when we were finally settled and able to save up, we bought new stuff. As far as moving your animals, I would absolutely NOT put them on a plane because many animals die every year during transport and the airlines have disclaimers/waivers of accountability. So I hope the Amtrak animal allowance will be in full force when you decide to make the move. I’m glad I was able to give you another option to think about in the future.

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