*A gift basket packed with treats and toys is on its way from PETA to ScHoolboy Q, whose dog, Yeeerndamean, went missing after United placed him in the wrong airplane’s cargo hold.
And in a letter sent to the “THat Part” rapper this morning, PETA shares its relief that nothing worse happened to the dog, as numerous animals have frozen or overheated to death in cargo holds.
“With its deafening sounds, foreign smells, and extreme temperatures, an airplane’s cargo hold is no place for any living being,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Now that ScHoolboy Q has been safely reunited with Yeeerndamean, PETA hopes the rapper will help spread the word that if dogs can’t travel in the cabin with the rest of the passengers, they shouldn’t be flying at all.”
Naturally, Schoolboy Q, was not at all happy when he found out his dog had been misplaced, went to social media to put United Airlines on blast.
“You guys r idiots @united HOW U PUT MY DOG ON THE WRONG FLIGHT???? I need answers,” he posted on Twitter a short time after finding out Yeeerndamean had been misplaced.
United Airlines’ Twitter account promptly responded, and publicly apologized to Q after the incident.
PETA’s letter to ScHoolboy Q, real name Quincy Hanley, follows.
We were so relieved to hear that you were safely reunited with your pup after he was mistakenly put on the wrong flight. We know you might not need anything to persuade you never to let Yeeerndamean—or any animal—be transported in a cargo hold again, but we wanted to inform you that it’s scary and dangerous for animals to be forced to fly in these often tight, uncomfortable spaces.
Flying makes most people nervous, so you can imagine how terrifying it must be to dogs and cats who are separated from their human guardians and have no clue what’s happening—when every foreign smell, deafening engine sound, and feeling is so confusing and scary. Putting an animal in a cargo hold is often a death sentence—temperatures can drop below minus 50 degrees at certain flight altitudes or soar to oven-like temperatures during ground delays.
On its way to you and Yeeerndamean is a gift basket with toys for both of you—for more enjoyable times together. When flying with him, please always bring him in the cabin with you. And when you can’t, please take a car, bus, or train or leave him at home with a great dog sitter!
Senior Manager of Communications