Will Passengers Have to Ask for Pet Free Seating?

The idea that airline passengers should ask for no pet seating annoys me. Why inconvenience the people who do not want to bring, or sit with, pets? First, they are not likely to think about the flight being pet friendly when they are not traveling with livestock themselves. Second, let the pet owners make arrangements for their animals and be responsible for how they travel.

Why not leave pets at home while you travel? Save money, save stress for the animal and save yourself from being thrown off the flight when your animal proves not to be as welcome as you expected. (Not just on the plane).

If pets are not kept in cargo then buy them a seat, a full air fare seat. There should be pet friendly seating for those who buy the extra pet ticket. But, the seating must be sealed off from other passengers who have paid for a ticket and do not want to deal with asthma and allergies from pets.

Maybe there should be pet only flights and people only flights. That way the pet friendly people could poop and scoop the whole flight and everyone else could have a pet free trip. I’d prefer pet free flights.

In a recent survey, 52% of U.S. adults responded “yes” when asked if a non-service animal should be allowed in the airplane cabin on a flight. The other half said they prefer animals be kept in cargo.

Of those who said yes, 63% said in-cabin animals should be kept in designated areas away from any passengers with allergies.

The survey of more than 430 customers was conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based transportation company.

“We recommend that travelers tell their gate agents if they are allergic, or prefer to be seated away from animals if there are any scheduled on their flight,” said GO Airport Express president John McCarthy.

Airlines charge fees from $50 to more than $200 for pets, though the fee rarely goes toward any additional services. In-cabin pets must be kept in an approved carrier under the seat in front of the passenger.

Fees are often higher for transporting pets in cargo. Although accidents with pets traveling in cargo are rare, there are several short-nosed dog and cat breeds — like pugs and bulldogs, or Persians and Himalayans — that airlines refuse to transport that way. These kinds of animals tend to suffer from breathing problems that would be exacerbated by the cargo hold climate.

Several of the respondents suggested that pet owners should ask airlines for better care of animals in cargo. That sounds more than optimistic, however, considering how well human passengers are treated.

Additional comments said travelers should just leave their pet at home while traveling.

Nearly half of travelers want your pet out of airplane cabins, survey says.

Pet- Free Zones

Designating “Pet- Free Zones” Which areas at work should be pet-free zones? We recommend making fitness centers, daycares, meeting spaces, food preparation spaces, dining areas, data centers, medical departments, mother’s lounges, and restrooms pet-free. Employees can also use leashes and child gates to keep pets constrained in smaller areas.

Source: Purina » Designating “Pet- Free Zones”

Even the pet food company believes in pet free zones. It is just a respect for other people. Pet owners who want to bring their animals everywhere are unfair to their animals and the other people around them. Do you really think the animals can’t tell when people are upset or angry? Why bring the pet you claim to love into a situation where they are going to feel that way? Even if you can’t respect other people – how about thinking of your pet instead of yourself?

Myself, I do not think any workplace is a place for pets. As I have written before, I have allergies to animals which causes me to have asthma attacks. For those who don’t know what asthma is – an attack is like drowning in the open air. So I would rather not have pets in any public, indoor area. Workplace, shopping centres, doctor’s offices and all other places people should be able to go and not need to have health issues due to someone bringing their pet.

The only place I can understand bringing a pet to is a veterinarian office or pet food store. A place which does not cater to pets should be a people place and pet free.  This is not against animals or pet owners – it’s just common sense.

For all those who want to bring their pets everywhere… why? Are they your security blanket? Do you really think the animal can’t do without you for any amount of time? I wonder how many pet owners are smothering their pets instead of giving them some space?

Even Purina believes in pet free zones where people don’t cart around pets or hide or smuggle them in. Seriously, why do some people seem so unable to leave their pet some freedom?

Dogs Without Collars

Three-quarters of the billion dogs on the planet are not pets. A new book argues that they are more than strays and may tell us much about the nature of dogs.

Source: The World Is Full of Dogs Without Collars – The New York Times

If you don’t want pets you must not like animals. That’s what people assume when I talk about pet free. I must either not like them or actually hate them.

Far from the truth.

I do like animals and that is why I don’t like animals as pets. Animals as pets risk becoming strays, unwanted pets.

I don’t know what the statistics are for each place or area of the world but, I would not be surprised if for every pet there is also a stray animal somewhere. I don’t think that is proof of love of animals or pets. I think that is cruel.

So I don’t keep pets. I did have pets as a child. We lived not far from the highway in a suburban area. There were lots of strays, abandoned along the highway. Some would come to the house(s) and others would not make it that far. The highway is not a good place for newborn, pregnant or old cats and dogs.

If I did keep animals it would be cats, barn cats living mostly wild in a rural area. I love cats you see. But, I hate seeing them trapped indoors by their “loving owners”.  Allergies and asthma are a factor for not having indoor pets for me. But, I’d still rather have a wild, feral cat over a housecat.

Anyway, I wish people who love animals could be less selfish. If you really don’t want the full time care of an animal for the next 20+ years don’t make them your pet. Stuffed animals will give you unconditional love and they don’t suffer when you want to dispose of them. Virtual pets can be unplugged. Real animals die.

Welcome to a Pet Free Site

This site is about being pet free and giving a voice to people who choose not to keep pets and/ or don’t agree with having pets in public places.

In my case, I do like animals but I’m allergic to them. I don’t want animals in the stores I would like to shop in. Service animals are necessary – pets are not.

I don’t like animals kept in cages, especially in small urban places. Farm animals are fattened up for eating so why do people let pets get fat?

I don’t like exotic pets or interbreeding of species which does not save species just mutates them and makes them unsavable.

I don’t like hunting animals for sport, though I understand the need to cull animals due to the fact the natural predators have long been killed off to make way for shopping malls, condominiums, etc.

Being pet free has very little to do with being child free. I don’t view animals (pets) as children. Animals should include ourselves, we are not so far above the food chain as some of us like to think.  I will never be a parent to a pet, an animal of a different species. A pet, once fully grown, is an adult animal and should be given enough respect not to be treated as an infant.

I will write more later. Just setting this site up today.