My name is Francy, I adore wildlife in general and in my limited capacity I have always adopted animals who I consider my best friends. In this moment of my life I live with my giant rabbit who is more than ten years old. I thank God that he reached this age! Until a year ago he was jumping everywhere in my home as he has been always living free (no cages).
I am now facing a situation that I had never had to face before: for personal reasons I travel frequently and I need to use airplanes. During the last two years of my life I am literally stuck because of air travel with pet. I live in Europe and all the air companies forbid pets in cabin or even on hold unless cats and dogs (I really contacted all of them over the phone!). My loved giant rabbit is too old to bear the stress of a travel “on hold”, he got sick, has neurological problems and cannot even stand, he underwent a surgical operation and part of his right hand has been amputated, in addition to the fact that he suffers from bladder stones. You can imagine how much attention and care he needs, almost around the clock.
As a consequence of the air companies policy related to pets on board, I am unable to fly with him. I have even asked cargo transporters and companies dealing with pet transportation the possibility to fly myself in a cargo or with them in order to be with my loved friend while flying. The answer has always been “no”. I cannot leave him behind and I have been thinking about private flights allowing my dear friend on board of the plane with me inside the cabin.
I wonder why no animal association is trying to campaign against such a discrimination for animals other than cats and dogs using commercial flights and I have no idea how others overcome the problem. Either they do not travel (as I am doing) or they leave their friends behind (which I will never do). This is really frustrating, I am almost desperate and powerless in this respect, that is why I am approaching whoever is in a position to support such a call to donate so that I can travel like a family with my loved friend.
The cost of private flights is really high and beyond my possibilities but is also my only and last resort as I do not see any other solutions. I would be very proud and happy, should I have the necessary funding, to set up a small air pet company at the service of other animal lovers and their furry friends who are not allowed to travel because of these unfair restrictions. I remain available and committed to provide any proof of the use of the funding which is intended for the above purpose only, and I am also available to meet you in person if you wish so. With a million thanks in advance for your good heart.