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Australia Virgin bans snub-nosed dogs from flights after deaths

08:45  23 january  2020
08:45  23 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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  Qantas passenger's dog dies during Sydney to Brisbane flight A Qantas passenger says her pet dog died on a domestic flight after the beloved pup was left out on the tarmac for an extended amount of time during a heatwave. © Facebook Duke the dog as a pup. Kay Newman was travelling with her boxer 'Duke' from Sydney to Brisbane on December 19 last year. The forecast for the day was 34C, but ultimately reached 39C.

Airlines have banned bulldogs, pugs and other brachycephalic breeds from their planes due to health risks to the dogs , according to The New York Times. The Agriculture Department reports 189 animal deaths on commercial flights between June 2005 and June 2011, The New York Times reports.

Qantas will temporarily ban dog breeds prone to breathing problems from its flights and will then only allow boxers, bulldogs and pugs on board if a vet says they are safe to fly, after the death of two dogs last month. Virgin Australia "strongly recommends" that brachycephalic, or snub - nosed , dogs and

a large brown dog lying on a sofa: Duke the Boxer died while on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane.© Facebook - Kay Newman Duke the Boxer died while on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane. Virgin will indefinitely ban boxers, bulldogs and pugs from its flights following the death of two dogs in transit last month.

The new rules, which will come into effect on Friday, follow Qantas' decision last week to temporarily halt flights for snub-nosed breeds after two dogs being transported by the airline died in separate incidents.

Snub-nosed dogs, which include pugs, boxers and bulldogs, often suffer from obstructed airways, making them prone to respiratory problems and making it more difficult for them to withstand extreme heat.

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Their snub - noses make breathing much more difficult and potentially fatal when the pooch is In fact, the ban is a result of deaths . Delta Airlines banned bulldogs from flying on hot days after six On this "pet-only" flight , the animal is still in its kennel but is kept in a climate-controlled cabin and monitored

After a spike in pet deaths in the last month, Qantas has placed a ban on dog flights while the airline reviews its current policies. Brachycephalic (or snub - nosed ) breeds are far more susceptible to heat exhaustion and breathing abnormalities, which can be exacerbated by travelling if certain precautions

The RSPCA said it was "simply too dangerous" to transport snub-nosed dogs, even with the highest level of care.

Qantas passenger Kay Newman accused the airline of negligence after her boxer died while being transported from Sydney to Brisbane on December 19.

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The ban comes after a woman blamed Qantas for the death of her boxer, Duke, last month. Kay Newman claimed her beloved pet died after being left for more than an hour in extreme heat on the tarmac at Sydney Airport on Snub - nosed dogs are dogs with shorter snouts, and include

“Giving up the dog never crossed my mind,” he said. But he quickly realized that the easiest trip available, taking a nonstop flight from Beijing to Washington D.C., was impossible with his dog . Only two airlines, United Airlines and Air China, offer nonstop service, and both now ban snub - nosed

Ms Newman said her dog Duke was left on the tarmac with no shade in 39-degree heat for more than an hour before the flight.

Two days later, a bulldog named Frank died on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne.

Virgin will honour all existing flight bookings for snub-nosed dogs but no bookings to transport these breeds will be accepted from Friday, with the ban set to remain in place indefinitely.

Customers will be given refunds if they choose to cancel existing bookings for snub-nosed dogs.

A spokesman for Virgin Australia said the airline was working with the RSPCA to improve procedures for transporting animals.

"We have seen a tragic spike in issues across the industry when transporting snub-nosed breeds and this has prompted Virgin Australia to review the transport of these animals," he said.

"While we understand that snub-nosed breeds are a popular choice of pet, they are a high-risk animal to transport due to their known respiratory issues and other health problems that may be compounded in-flight."

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Two other snub - nosed dogs have died on Qantas flights within the last month, including a six-year-old boxer, reportedly left on the tarmac "Statistically, one out of 20,000 dogs die while being transported by air and in the beginning I took Nahla's death as a terrible accident but three deaths in the space

After the death of a 10-month-old puppy in an overhead compartment on a United flight in March -- a month that also saw the airline The ban on "brachycephalic" (or short- or snub - nosed ) dogs and cats and strong-jawed breeds comes "out of concern for higher adverse health risks," the airline said.

"Virgin Australia has made the difficult decision to no longer accept bookings for snub-nosed breeds until further notice."

The airline already has a policy of urging passengers not to fly with snub-nosed dogs and requiring those who do to sign a form agreeing they accept responsibility for any "challenges" the pet faces on the flight.

The RSPCA welcomed the airline's ban but warned snub-nosed dogs were not physically equipped to fly on planes in any circumstance.

"The RSPCA believes the inherent risks to these flat-faced breeds are unfortunately so great, that even with the best care, we believe transporting them by air is simply too dangerous," said the spokeswoman.

"We would urge owners to avoid flying these breeds at all if possible, and if air travel isconsidered absolutely necessary, owners should speak to their vet and be very aware of thedangers."

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