Carriage of Animals in Air Transportation is difficult
Airline Associations establish Certification Standard
Some savant once said, “if man was intended to fly, he would have been born with wings.” That wisdom can be corrected by homo sapiens by their ability to adjust to new circumstances (plus an occasional adult beverage to calm one’s nerves). Those adjustments are not available to other species when they board airplanes.
While that paragraph is a bit facetious and is not appropriately serious in tone for a subject which involves the loss of life, there is a kernel of truth. Animals, particularly when being carried anywhere other than the passenger cabin, experience difficulties in adjusting to the difficult, unfamiliar environment of flight.
IATA, the association of international airlines, has taken a step to improve the carriage of airlines. Its Senior Vice President of Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Nick Careen announced an important advance in providing for adequate safeguards for animals traveling on airplanes. It is a new standardized global certification program to improve the safety and welfare of animals traveling by air.
The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) provides stakeholders across the air cargo supply chain with the assurance that CEIV Live Animals certified companies are operating to the highest standards in the transport of live animals.
“Last year millions of animals travelled safely and securely by air. Animal owners and shippers rely 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. For those shipping live animals the CEIV Live Animals program will provide a reliable quality benchmark,” said Nick Careen IATA’s Senior Vice President of Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.
Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. Each type of animal has its specific requirements—not limited to the physical. It is critical to take into consideration the emotional response of the animals when placed in a special-purpose, if unfamiliar, environment by trained professionals. These were prerequisites for the development of the CEIV Live Animals program which is based on the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR), the worldwide standard for transporting animals by air. The IATA LAR is based on professional and operational input from industry experts, including veterinarians, animal welfare experts as well as government agencies involved in the regulation of animal transportation and non-governmental organizations with an interest in animal transportation.
The CEIV Live Animals program increases the level of competency, operations, quality management and professionalism in the handling and transportation of live animals in the air freight industry while reinforcing training and compliance across the supply chain. Independent validators conduct training and onsite audits to ensure the animals’ safety and welfare when travelling by air across the world.
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