Animal air safety standards in the spotlight


The adoption of air safety standards for animals in transit took centre stage at the  49th annual conference of the Animal Transport Association (ATA) in Budapest recently where a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

According to the MoU, ATA will endeavour to encourage its members to adopt criteria set down for the safe air transportation of animals as proscribed by the Centre of Excellence for Independent Validation (CEIV).

Iata has also committed itself to ensuring that ATA members align themselves with the CEIV Live Animal Programme’s requirements.

Quoted in an international air cargo journal, ATA president Filip Vande Cappelle emphasised the importance of educating people responsible for animal shipping about the necessary safety standards.

“To secure the highest possible welfare of animals in transport, one needs high standards all along the logistics chain,” he said.

Iata head of cargo, Glyn Hughes, added that animal owners, breeders and shippers relied heavily on airlines to carry their precious cargo.

“As an industry, we have a duty of care to ensure that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of these animals.”


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