Denham Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Allow Passenger Transport of Pets on Amtrak Trains
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today introduced legislation – H.R. 2066, the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 – which would require Amtrak to implement a pet policy to allow passengers to travel with domesticated cats and dogs on certain Amtrak trains.
“My dog, Lily, is part of our family and travels with us to and from California all the time. If I can take her on a plane, why can’t I travel with her on Amtrak, too?” said Denham. “Allowing families to bring their animals with them will facilitate transportation and efficiency while also providing a much-needed source of revenue for Amtrak.”
Current Amtrak policy does not permit pets on trains or Thruway services, in passenger areas of train stations or in checked baggage, with the exception of specially-trained service animals for the benefit of a person with a disability.
The Pets on Trains Act is co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), and has been endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States.
“Those of us lucky enough to have pets are greatly blessed with their companionship,” said Congressman Cohen. “When travelling on Amtrak, families should be able to bring their pets along. Our bill would establish a pet policy on Amtrak trains so pets – which are a part of the family – won’t be left at home to fend for themselves.”
“Millions of American families have beloved pets, and allowing them to travel by train will support the human-animal bond,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Congressmen Denham and Cohen for introducing this common-sense legislation to help pet owners.”