Statistically, it wasn’t high but…
I mean go look at our pet topic and ask yourself which pet deserves to suffocate to death. I think what makes some of these especially hard is the ones that make the news, they sound so preventable, and yeah if they had been with the owners, they likely wouldn’t die. It’s hard to tell someone not to hold their cat where they can soothe and calm them, know there is breathable air, and it’s temperature controlled to throw them into that space with the other cargo instead.
And no, not everyone is taking their pet on tropical paradise vacations and refusing to leave them behind in some shelter which… have problems themselves. There are valid reasons for people to travel with their pets, and I think many pet owners who could afford it would choose a safer option than throw them in with cargo but not next to the guy with dog allergies… if there was actually an option for that.
But the problems with the emotional pets, I mean it was not good. It would be a tough call for me to take my pet screaming for hours on a plane or traveling days in a car. I wouldn’t lie about it, but even if I bought a seat for the carrier it would be miserable. I don’t envy anyone making those choices, and purse dogs suddenly seem more viable when it comes to travel.