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PET INDUSTRY DEMANDS HUMANE CONDITIONS ON AIRLINES

 PET INDUSTRY DEMANDS HUMANE CONDITIONS ON AIRLINES
 ST. PAUL, Minn., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A national association of


the pet industry has deplored the loss of 56 puppies on a commercial airliner yesterday in Kansas City. The animals perished when the airline carrying them was delayed on the ground for more than one-and- one-half-hour due to air traffic congestion. Pet industry sources say that improper ventilation and high temperatures in the cargo hold likely resulted in the death of many of the animals. Temperatures at the airport were in the 80 degree range.
 Airlines and those who ship pets by air should adhere to humane standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and American Professional Pet Distributors, Inc., said APPDI President Robert Brandt.
 "Professional pet breeders, distributors and retailers are appalled and saddened by the loss of the puppies. This tragic episode is a reminder that everyone involved in the pet industry, including airlines, breeders and distributors, must take special care to ensure that animals are not shipped in compartments that are not properly ventilated or that may overheat in extreme weather conditions," Brandt said. "While APPDI members did not ship any of the pets involved in the Kansas City tragedy, it was a disaster we must all work hard to see is not repeated."
 Brandt said that APPDI has issued the strictest humane care standards in the pet industry, including transportation requirements that demand air conditioning or other ventilation in high temperature conditions. APPDI also endorses stringent USDA requirements governing the shipment of pets.
 American Professional Pet Distributors, Inc. is the national humane care association of the professional pet industry, including members in the breeding, distribution, retail and manufacturing sectors of the industry.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Buckler of the American Professional Pet Distributors, 612-293-1049/ CO: American Professional Pet Distributors, Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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