From the airline that prides itself in looking the other direction at onboard smoking comes a tone-deaf response to a dead pet. China Eastern has offered to pay the owner of a dog killed in transport compensation based upon the dog’s weight…as if the canine was just another piece of baggage.
Doudou was a three-year-old golden retriever. China Eastern was transporting him from Guangzhou to Wuhan at a cost of 1,900 yuan (~$280). Doudou attempted to escape, tearing his flesh as he tried to wiggle out of a barbed wire cage. Airline baggage handlers found him dead.
China Eastern offered compensation: at a rate of 100 yuan per kilogram (~$6.67/lb), which worked out at 3,500 yuan (~$515) for his 35kg dog. Apparently a Chihuahua would have been worth only $15-20…
The owner, named Zuo, was understandably distraught:
This is emotionally unacceptable to me, as my dog was like my child.
My question, however: are dogs transported in barbed wire on China Eastern? If so, why?
But Wait! There’s More
This isn’t the only story. China Eastern is also making headlines for shooting an escaped dog 50 times instead of capturing him. This involved another golden retriever at Wuhan Airport. Apparently, the dog broke loose and ran into a parking lot. Thinking swiftly, the staff decided it was time for target practice.
If you’re transporting a pet within China, I’d recommend you look into other options besides China Eastern. With gaping holes in engines, you might be better off just avoiding the carrier altogether.