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Save Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE), a volunteer-run animal rescue group in Western Australia. Successfully lobbied Qantas. Amending its laws on the transportation of pets. gave Airline recently imposed strict restrictions on the transport of pets on days when temperatures were forecast to exceed 35 degrees Celsius. The decision presented a significant challenge to animal protection efforts, particularly in regions such as northern WA, where temperatures regularly exceed set limits.
Su Hedley, founder of Karratha-based SAFE, expressed deep concern about the potential consequences. Homeless animals, estimating that around 90 per cent of rescued animals in northern WA rely on Qantas for transport to Perth for re-homing. The restrictive policy left the rescue group unable to fly animals for about six months of the year.
Responding to an impressive plea from SAFE, Qantas has announced a trial of more flexible rules. The new system allows animals to be transported during cooler times of the day, such as morning and evening, when extreme weather conditions are predicted. The move is a significant departure from the previous blanket ban and shows the airline’s commitment Animal welfare It transports.
Sue Hedley praised Qantas for its response, emphasizing the impact of early advocacy on effecting positive change. It highlighted a successful collaboration between a small, non-profit organization and a large corporate entity, showing how local advocacy can benefit pet owners across the country.
Qantas, in a statement, confirmed that its extreme weather policy remains in place but acknowledged the need for more significant enforcement in locations prone to hotter temperatures. The airline consulted him. RSPCA To ensure that the changes made were practical and suitable for travel during extreme heat.
The timing of these adjustments couldn’t be more important for pet parents like Colleen Senan, from Karratha, who was contemplating a grueling 930-mile journey. Perth With her three cats. Changes to the Qantas booking system have provided a much-needed relief to pet parents, reducing stress levels for both animals and their carers.
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