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Southwest Won't Give Rabbits RespectSouthwest Airlines recently announced that they are now accepting dogs and cats in the cabins in their flights. They won't, however, accept rabbits. A Bunspace member, Jeanne Huffman, sent a petition to Southwest Airlines asking that they allow bunnies to fly. She collected 505 signatures, and put together a package with a cover letter of explanation, as well as some photos of bunnies flying, and bunnies with wings, and some cute logos and slogans.
On June 14, she received the following response:
"Dear Ms. Huffman,
We are in receipt of your response to Customer Relations Writing Representative Sarah's June 7 letter as well as your petition for us to "give bunnies wings." Though we certainly agree that rabbits make adorable, beloved pets, I'm afraid that the only ones who could ever "hop" onboard Southwest are Easter bunnies ( or perhaps millionhares like Bugs Bunny, only because we really want his autograph!)
Our research indicates that rabbits often display aggression toward people (especially in stressful, hare-raising situations) and have a tendency to dig and chew (including wires). Not to mention, we've heard that bunnies reproduce at incredible rates, and we don't want to see some "Bugs and thugs" engaging in a reenactment of Carrotblanca in the air!
We know that the majority of Flopsys, Mopsys, and Cottontails are good little bunnies, but we simply can't risk having a Peter Rabbit in our midst-it would make our Flight Attendants absolutely Looney Tunes! We understand that your little Napoleon Bunnyparts want to get out and explore the world with you, and we're very sorry that we can't allow them to fly. Perhaps you could invest in some Hare Jordans for them instead?
But in all seriousness, we greatly appreciate your feedback; you've certainly presented a strong case in support of this cause. Please know that I've shared a copy of your letters with the appropriate Leaders for review and consideration. However, at this time, we have no plans to accept pets other than small, well behaved cats and dogs. We hope you can appreciate that this decision was made out of our concern for the Safety and comfort of everyone onboard. And we hope our policy won't, in fact, deter you and the signers of your petition from traveling with us. It's always our privilege to serve you.
Sincerely, Adrienne E. Browne"
Please let Southwest know that you are unhappy with their decision to treat rabbits as if they were nothing more than a joke. You can send a polite letter or phone call to:
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