WASHINGTON, DC, December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association (AHA), has voiced her support of the Pets on Trains Act. She is now calling upon pet owners and other activists in communities across the country to show their support by telling their local representatives that they would like to see the bill succeed.
According to an article
published by Daily News, the Pets on Trains Act aims to create a pet car on trains that would allow pet owners to bring their animals with them on trips that are less than 750 miles long. Led by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), the initiative essentially focuses on repealing a ban on pets with regard to train travel.
During an event promoting the Pets on Trains Act, Grimm and Denham, along with their Yorkshire terrier and French bulldog, respectively, encouraged individuals to stand behind the bill that Robin Ganzert asserts will increase quality of life for pet owners who travel by train.
"Pets are a part of the family," Ganzert comments. "By not having the ability to take them on a train, people who travel in this way are limited in the time that they can spend with their animals--and in the quality of care that they can provide for them. Instead of coming along and being cared for by loving owners, pets are often boarded at facilities that, while they offer safe shelter, may not provide the degree of socialization, exercise, and attention that pets need to truly thrive."
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) pointed out the fact that this is a particularly important initiative for people commuting to and from Washington, D.C. He comments: "Harry Truman said if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. You have to get your friend to Washington, and Amtrak is the best way to do it."
The ban on pets aboard Amtrak trains has been in place since 1976. This ban was initially created to protect pets, as some had died after suffering through extreme temperature changes in storage cars. This can now be avoided, though, by allowing crated pets to travel safely in climate controlled cars with their owners. Ultimately, the creation of this type of pet car can lead to the ability for many families to take their pets with them when commuting to and from work, going on vacation, or traveling seasonally between cities, as many people do in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Boardman, who is the president of Amtrak, attended the press conference promoting the Pets on Trains Act with several other corporate officials. He admitted that putting pets in overhead compartments would not be a challenge, but that the real obstacle would be determining the best way to maintain the pet cars, as a high degree of cleanliness will be necessary to keep pets and their owners safe and healthy.
Robin Ganzert encourages anyone who supports the Pets on Trains Act to contact their representatives.
Robin Ganzert has acted as the president and CEO of the American Humane Association since 2010. Over the course of her tenure thus far, she has leveraged her passion about protecting the welfare, wellness, and well-being of animals and children to implement numerous successful initiatives. Ultimately, these initiatives have enhanced the organization's reach and created significant social impact. The programs with which Ganzert has been involved include: No Animals Were Harmed, Wags4Patriots, Red Star, Hero Dog Awards, and Humane Heroes Club.