Breaking *** Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. recall finally expands as TCR speaks with growing list of bereaved dog owners around the country * Midwestern CEO Jeffrey Nunn has declined multiple requests from TCR to comment as of late Monday * New reporting coming in hours * FDA death count now 70+ dogs, 80+ sick ***
Breaking *** Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. recall finally expands as TCR speaks with growing list of bereaved dog owners around the country * Midwestern CEO Jeffrey Nunn has declined multiple requests from TCR to comment as of Monday evening * New reporting coming in hours * FDA death count now 70+ dogs, 80+ sick ***
United Airlines spox to TCR: United “no longer restricts any breed as long as it’s a service animal and the customer has the proper documentation”
After January 11, reservations on all United flights will be permanently closed to all emotional support animals. Cabin access will be limited to service dogs that can meet the service animal requirements.
Asked if United was maintaining its ‘pitbull ban,’ United spokesman Charles Hobart told TCR in an email: “We no longer restrict any breed as long as it’s a service animal and the customer has the proper documentation.”
Delta lifts ban on pitbulls that meet service dog requirements, emotional support animals permanently grounded
There’s something unique about Delta’s announcement today. Delta — the airline which led the move to ban “pitbull-type dogs” following a series of violent incidents inflight involving pitbulls traveling as emotional support animals — also becomes the first major U.S. carrier to announce the removal of its pit-bull ban today. “Delta will lift its ban on pitbull-type dogs that meet documentation requirements for trained service animals,” the announcement says.
Breaking *** Pet Food Recall Alert *** FDA says at least 28 dogs dead, 8 sick from “potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin” in Sportmix dog food products
Breaking News: FDA says at least 28 dogs dead, 8 ill from “potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin” in Sportmix dog food products. More to come.
Neither Delta nor United have issued policy changes since the DOT announcement on December 5….Changes now appear to be imminent, however. Delta spokeswoman Lisa Hanna told TCR this afternoon that Delta intends to announce its new policies on January 7. Last week, United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart advised that TCR follow-up in early January.
As pet insurance market expands, regulators near completion of model law draft that could come as soon as next year
Working with apparently no publicity, a group of state insurance regulators who formed a Pet Insurance task force under the auspices of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2019 is approaching the finish line of a working draft for what could ultimately be America’s first significant piece of legislation for the fast growing pet insurance industry.
Airline industry stakeholders finally have something to celebrate in 2020. For emotional support pigs, miniature horses, snakes, and turkeys, it’s the end of an era of commercial air travel. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a set of final rule revisions to the Air Carrier Access Act it proposed earlier this year – rules that major airline industry stakeholders like Delta Airlines have long called for.
The end of emotional support animals: U.S. air carriers to restrict cabin access to documented service dogs
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its final revision of rules under the Air Carrier Access Act which had required air carriers to treat emotional support animals as service dogs. The revisions give airlines significantly more discretion: