Legislation Would Allow Pets to Ride Amtrak

If a pet industry group has its way, you may soon be able to take Fido and Fluffy with you on your next trip aboard Amtrak. But your pets will have to buy a ticket.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is backing legislation introduced in Congress that would mandate that Amtrak carry pets aboard its trains. The council includes pet food and pet supply manufacturers, veterinarians, and retailers.

Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA, and co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN; Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY; and Rep. John Campbell, R-CA, the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 (H.R. 2066) would require Amtrak to designate a “pet car” on each train that has more than one car

Under the proposed law, a passenger could bring aboard a pet so long as he or she was traveling more than 750 miles, the pets was brought aboard in a crate and that pet kennels are stowed in conformance with Amtrak baggage policies

“The pet industry embraces Pets on Trains legislation because we understand the benefits traveling together has to pet owners, as well as the pets themselves,” says Mike Canning, president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. “Legislation like this also brings together two powerhouse industries as economic generators – and will have a positive effect on the economies of cities along the rail route.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, has introduced a companion bill, S.B. 1710, in the Senate.

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