On August 6, Zhao Nan and her golden retriever “Mars” were en route from Xining, Qinghai Province, to Beijing. When she went to claim the dog, an empty crate was found, and no sign of Mars. Airline China Southern located the dog the next day, dead. No explanation was provided to Nan as to the reason for the dogs’ death. A cremation ceremony for Mars was held on August 27. (does this sound strange to anyone else?)
There have been several similar circumstances in China, where passengers have claimed to witness the crates being thrown, and even dogs that have been shot. See the full story from Global Times here.
Animal activists from 81 animal protection agencies across the nation sent letters to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and China Southern Airlines asking for stricter standards for air transportation for pets. For example, US airline Delta stipulates that temperatures at the point of origin or destination must be between -12 C and 29.4 C or animal transportation is forbidden.
When you have to transport your precious cargo overseas, it may be worthwhile to look into a service like Animal Couriers who specialize in safe transport of pets and animals worldwide.