Etihad Cargo has launched “Forever Home”, a new policy allowing the airline to respond to requests from animal rescue and welfare organizations for the non-profit transport of at-risk animals.
“Forever Home reflects Etihad Cargo’s desire to assist in the relocation of live animal rescue missions, which may involve animals that have been abandoned, seized by authorities or neglected, and can range from pets to species endangered under CITES and the IUCN Red List – the multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals,” said Martin Drew, Senior Vice President of Sales and Freight , Etihad Aviation Group “This policy will ensure that any rescue mission is conducted by an approved and reputable organization in accordance with Etihad Aviation Group ethics and compliance.”
Forever Home significantly expands Etihad Cargo’s existing animal welfare and conservation policy, which is committed to identifying and implementing actions to help prevent the illegal wildlife trade and encourage a responsible and sustainable tourism.
“As one of the first airlines to sign the United for Wildlife Transport Task Force Declaration, Etihad Cargo has a strong track record in animal welfare,” Drew said. “Forever Home extends this commitment to all animals, whether pets, racehorses or exotic species. All rescue requests will be subject to due diligence and, if approved , rescue organizations or individuals can be assured of specialized animal transport at the best possible rate.
Etihad also recently received the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Live certification for its LiveAnimals solution.
In addition, Etihad Airways has signed a letter of intent to purchase seven A350F freighters from Airbus. The A350F will play a key role in driving the airline’s long-term cargo strategy and achieving its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2035.
Read: UAE’s Etihad Airways to add Airbus’ latest A350F freighter to its fleet