29 May

Would You Like Pets Traveling With You?

Pet policies differ from country to country. Many countries allow pets to use the public transport system, when accompanied by their owners. Asian countries, by far, have only recently modified laws to let four-legged creatures into a train or metro. Travelers in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong can travel with small pets, as long as they are in a carry case or box. Bigger animals, like a dog, are usually not allowed, though exceptions are made for guide dogs.

Back home, there is no pet policy, where public transport is concerned. Pets are not allowed into trains, buses or the metro. Even on air, Jet Airways and Air India are the only two carriers that allow pets to travel. Dog and cat lovers will agree that it is indeed harrowing to travel from one part of the country to another, taking pets along. And travelling with multiple pets simply blows the situation out of proportion.

Conversely, there are many Indians who dislike pets and don’t prefer sharing public space with them. Some are scared and some even consider certain animals an abomination. While the government will have to deal with such issues before formulating a plan, we would like to know what you think of this.

What do you think? Would you prefer animals using public transport?


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