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Is United Airlines Ban On Canine Breeds Dog Racist?

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United Airlines just released a list of dog breeds that it will no longer allow on their airplanes.  The restrictions are for the listed breeds who are 6 months old or older.  Is this dog race profiling?  The list: Breeds, or mixes, that have reached either 6 months of age or 20 pounds that are prohibited are: Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Presa Canario, Perro de Presa Canario, Dogo Argentino, Cane Corso, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa (or Tosa Ken) and Ca de Bou.

The Mary Ryan, spokeswoman for United, told FoxNews.com that the airline adopted the PetSafe Program because it was an overall superior product. “The PetSafe Program has more resources in place: a 24-hour dedicated desk, transportation for the animals.”

Change.org has started a petition to have the ban removed.

The site says “These types of policies are opposed by every major dog-related organization. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Control Association argue that physical appearance isn’t an effective way to predict or address aggression,”

United’s site has removed the phrase “Dangerous Breeds”, but that doesn’t change the fact that the dogs are still not allowed.

Have you and your dog been profiled before?  What was the situation? How was it resolved?

 

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