Qantas airline just reversed its decision to ban American Staffordshire Terriers on their domestic and international flights.
A representative for Qantas clarified their position on why the breed was banned in the first place. On previous flights staffies had become vicious; damaging their enclosures which caused destruction to the plane.
However, pet owners cried fowl and discrimination and, as a result began an on-line petition , headed by Pauline Steele, to reverse the decision. The campaign collected close to 7000 signatures.
The petition did not fall upon deaf ears as Qantas responded based upon thousands of disgruntled animal lovers.
“We know that there are many American Staffordshire owners in Australia who love the breed. These new guidelines help meet their needs in terms of being able to transport their pets and our needs in terms of safety,” a rep for Qantas explained.
With the ban lifted Qantas has put into operation stiff guidelines. Reservation for staffies must be secured through a pet transport bureau.
Staffies are now required to travel in a Qantas authorized CR-82 wire interlocked supported enclosure or, guard dog cage. These enclosures are intended to stop the dog from fracturing, smashing or breaking free from their enclosures or, causing damage to the dog or the plane.
Qantas has also allowed snub-nose dog and cat breeds, which were restricted to fly domestically, now travel on international flights.
This particular type of dog breed would include: Pekingeses, Pugs and British bulldogs. Cat breeds include: Persian and Himalayan.
“We obviously want all pets to arrive safe and sound and so with snub-nosed pets we strongly recommend using a cage that is twice the minimum required size to make sure there is plenty of air circulation,” stated a Qantas representative.”
“Snub-nose breeds of dogs and cats are very popular pets and we receive many requests for transport, including on long flights.”
“Changes to the policy will allow more breeds of dogs and cats safe travel on Qantas.”