Crowdfunding campaign seeks to take legal action against carrier and pet transportation contractor.
A Qantas flyer is asking for the public’s help to take the carrier to court, after she claims the Australian airline acted negligently alongside a contractor in transporting her beloved parrots to London. News.com.au reports 21-year-old Danielle Di Fiore wants to hold Qantas and their pet transportation contractor, Skypets, liable for the death of her two-year-old ringneck parrot.
Di Fiore was moving to London from Australia to live with her boyfriend and spent six months researching ways to bring her two parrots into the United Kingdom. She entrusted Qantas and Skypets to transport the birds to her new home. While one arrived healthy, she claims the other appeared to suffer from hypothermia.
After being released from the London Heathrow Airport (LHR) animal reception center, Di Fiore rushed the parrot to the local veterinarian, where it ultimately died. An arrival report noted the bird was in “very poor condition,” while another dog aboard the same flight was “very cold on arrival.”
During the inspection afterwards, the flyer claims the transportation crate was inappropriate for the bird, while standing water supposedly contributed to the hypothermia. Since the March flight, Di Fiore says she has reached out to Qantas and Skypets for recompense, but neither would budge. She wants to file legal action against the two in a bid to extract justice for her “best friend” and is seeking nearly $4,000 to recover her costs and pay attorneys for a lawsuit.
“My baby bird was more like my child […] I hand-raised and hand fed her from eight weeks old and she has never left my sight for more than a few hours,” Di Fiore wrote on the fundraiser page. “There’s been a severe error and no one will take responsibility and it will happen again if nothing is done!”
A spokesperson for Qantas said that they would reach out directly to Di Fiore regarding the situation. Skypets spokesperson Sue Rogers told News.com.au her company was not at fault, and “no-one is going to give any money back.”