Pets on Amtrak, Yes or No?

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Impact

Impact: 
For animal lovers this is a great step forward. You can bring your dog or cat on Amtrak just as you can on an airplane. There might be some people who don't like the idea but generally this has worked out well where we have our animals with us wherever we go.

Debate Summary

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Vote now. Pets on Trains Act of 2015 H.R.674 http://1.usa.gov/1yTbavl

This bill directs the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to propose a pet policy that allows passengers to transport domesticated cats or dogs on certain Amtrak trains.

It requires Amtrak to collect a fee for each cat or dog transported by a ticketed passenger to cover administrative costs.

And it declares that the proposed policy shall be separate from and in addition to the policy governing Amtrak passengers traveling with service animals. So far, so good. But what happens when Bruno has to go potty? Rufus won't stop barking? And kitty escapes from her cage. You decide.

Additional Information

Additional Description: 
H.R.674 was introduced by Congressman Jeff Denham [R-CA-10] on 02/03/2015. It's in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and was referred to the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. I think the hazardous material part might refer to the dog needing to go potty, but we have doggy cleanup bags for that. CA-10 is in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley just east of San Jose.

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3 Arguments
People need doctors. Animals may need to see the vet, and the amtrak is the transportation they need to stay healthy.
MO-3
3 years ago
Yes, I agree.
USA
3 years ago
If they are contained in an approved and kept in a healthy manner they should be allowed to travel.
KY-6
4 years ago
1 Arguments
I don't agree with allowing pets on amtrak trains because I feel it could be a an annoyance to users with allergies.
MI-6
4 years ago
D. Rep
CA-18
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Supporting (3)
People need doctors. Animals may need to see the vet, and the amtrak is the transportation they need to stay healthy.

Opposing (1)
I don't agree with allowing pets on amtrak trains because I feel it could be a an annoyance to users with allergies.