Airline under fire for illegal wildlife trade.


Turkish Airlines has come under fire following an investigation by World Animal Protection (WAP) into the illegal trade of wild animals.

In a recent report, ‘Wild at heart: The cruelty of the exotic pet trade’, WAP examined the booming global trade in wildlife.

It claimed among others things that Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cargo were allowing the smuggling of exotic pets, despite having made commitments to fight wildlife trafficking.

WAP found that the airline and its cargo carrier had been used to illegally transport exotic animals such as African grey parrots on flights from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Shockingly, as recently as last August, African grey parrots were transported by Turkish Airlines between Kinshasa and Kuwait via Istanbul, with more than 60 birds found dead on arrival,” said Ben Williamson from WAP US.


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