Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, has launched Forever Home, to support the non-profit transport of at-risk live animals.
The new policy allows the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates to consider requests from bona fide animal rescue and welfare organizations for non-profit transportation of at-risk animals.
Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “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 endangered species under CITES and the IUCN Red List – the multilateral treaty to protect plants and animals endangered.
“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.
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Drew added: “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.
“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 Cargo’s dedicated LiveAnimals and SkyStables products offer customized solutions for transporting animals and horses, from pets to global conservation projects.
Adhering to all regulatory requirements, Etihad Cargo ensures the safest handling of all cash entrusted to it with dedicated handling, palletizing and ramp transport by specially trained staff.
The flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates recently achieved live certification from IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for its LiveAnimals product, which provides additional accreditation and assurance to customers for the expert management of live animals by Etihad Cargo.
The launch of the policy further reinforces the nation’s commitment to animal protection, after HE Razan Al Mubarak, highly respected Emirati conservationist and Director General of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, and Director General of for the Environment of Abu Dhabi, was elected President. of the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in September 2021.
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