Bunny vs. United

United Airlines can’t catch a break. The latest problem reported by the BBC involves the death of a giant rabbit on one of their flights. The people transporting the rabbit are horrified and shocked. After all, they paid a vet to check out the bunny just hours before the flight and were told he was “fit as a fiddle”.

It is possible that the investigation will find some problem with United Airlines’ pet transport system. That wouldn’t be difficult, I suspect.

But I think that a more general problem is that pet transport by air is inherently stressful, and rabbit reaction to stress runs the gamut all the way to simply keeling over dead.

It certainly takes far less to convince a bunny to die than having security bash its head against an armrest and drag it around bleeding and unconscious.

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Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

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