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Etihad Cargo launches Forever Home initiative for animal welfare

The programme assists in the relocation of pets and  endangered species 

Etihad Cargo has announced the launch of its  Forever Home initiative, a policy that allows the airline to support rescue and animal welfare organisations with the transportation of at-risk animals.

Speaking about the CSR initiative, Etihad Aviation Group senior vice president Sales and Cargo, Martin Drew 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 domestic animals to endangered species under CITES and the IUCN Red List– the multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals. This policy will ensure any rescue mission is conducted by an approved and reputable organisation in line with Etihad Aviation Group’s own ethics and compliance.”

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Forever Home marks an expansion of Etihad Cargo’s existing animal welfare and conservation policy which  identifies and implements actions to help prevent illegal wildlife trade and encourage responsible and sustainable tourism.

Drew added: “As one of the first airlines to sign the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Declaration, Etihad Cargo has a strong track record in animal welfare. Forever Home expands that commitment to cover all animals – whether they are pets, racehorses or exotic species. All rescue requests will be subject to due diligence and, if approved, the rescue organisations or individuals can be assured of specialised animal transportation at the best possible rate.”

The IATA Center of Excellence recently recognised the airline with an Independent Validators Live certification for its LiveAnimals solution.

For more information, visit www.etihad.com

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