Following the tragic death of Kokito aboard a United Airlines flight last week, NY State Senator Marisol Alcantara filed a new bill in New York today to guarantee the safety of companion animals aboard a plane. “Kokito’s Law” guarantees a set of pet passenger rights to all companion animals flying with their humans including that they are given access to food, water and medications during a flight, are kept in a climate-controlled environment and are never placed in an overhead compartment. Violators of any of those rights could be fined up to $5,000.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, worked with Senator Alcantara to draft “Kokito’s Law”. I have invited an ALDF representative to appear on this Sunday’s program.
Here is a news story from People magazine.
Here is the Senator’s press release