Eti­had Air­ways cel­e­brates World An­i­mal Day

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Eti­had Air­ways, the na­tional air­line of the UAE, has launched a new An­i­mal Wel­fare and Con­ser­va­tion Pol­icy and an #Eti­had4wildlife so­cial me­dia com­pe­ti­tion as part of the air­line’s on­go­ing ef­forts to pro­mote wildlife con­ser­va­tion. The pol­icy es­tab­lishes best prac­tice for ex­cur­sions of­fered by Eti­had Hol­i­days in­volv­ing an­i­mals, and also out­lines new cri­te­ria for the car­riage of en­dan­gered and threat­ened species, hunt­ing tro­phies con­tain­ing any an­i­mal parts, shark fins and live an­i­mals in­tended for use in sci­en­tific re­search, which will not be per­mit­ted on air­craft.

The pol­icy also sets out com­mit­ments to the Dec­la­ra­tion of the United for Wildlife In­ter­na­tional Task­force on the Trans­porta­tion of Il­le­gal Wildlife Prod­ucts, to which Eti­had Air­ways be­came a sig­na­tory in March 2016 at an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace. Six eq­uity part­ner air­lines fol­lowed suit in April and June to sup­port ef­forts to pre­vent the grow­ing trade in wildlife prod­ucts.

To mark World An­i­mal Day, Eti­had Air­ways is run­ning a so­cial me­dia com­pe­ti­tion un­til 6 Oc­to­ber, to win a trip to Sri Lanka, in­clud­ing flights, ho­tels, tours and trans­fers. To be in with a chance of win­ning, en­trants should share their best travel pho­tos of an­i­mals in the wild us­ing the #Eti­had4wildlife hash­tag on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter.

Peter Baum­gart­ner, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Eti­had Air­ways, said: “Our air­line is com­mit­ted to the wel­fare and pro­tec­tion of wildlife. Our new pol­icy has been de­vel­oped over sev­eral months to min­i­mize our ‘an­i­mal foot­print’ and will en­sure that we con­tinue to meet the high­est stan­dards of an­i­mal wel­fare. By host­ing the #Eti­had4Wildlife cam­paign online, we also hope to raise aware­ness among our guests of the im­por­tant is­sue of wildlife con­ser­va­tion.”

On 10 Oc­to­ber, Eti­had Air­ways will host a dis­cus­sion on wildlife within the air­line in­dus­try with Will Travers OBE, Pres­i­dent of the Born Free Foun­da­tion and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned wildlife ex­pert. The Born Free Foun­da­tion has pro­vided tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance in de­vel­op­ing the air­line’s new pol­icy by of­fer­ing best prac­tice cri­te­ria on hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve view­ing or in­ter­act­ing with an­i­mals. Eti­had Hol­i­days has re­viewed its of­fer­ings in ac­cor­dance with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Travel Agents’ (ABTA) Global Wel­fare Guid­ance of An­i­mals in Tourism. In ad­di­tion, the air­line is sup­port­ing the Born Free Foun­da­tion’s Trav­el­ers’ An­i­mal Alert - an online tool that gives hol­i­day-mak­ers around the world an op­por­tu­nity to raise con­cerns about any cases of an­i­mal suf­fer­ing en­coun­tered on their trips. Guests who wish to sup­port the char­ity in the air can pur­chase a bracelet, fea­tur­ing a sil­ver African lion charm, or do­nate their Eti­had Guest Miles when on the ground.

Staff from Eti­had Air­ways take part in an event to mark World An­i­mal Day at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Abu Dhabi.

Staff from Eti­had Air­ways are seen us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity kits to learn more about wildlife con­ser­va­tion ef­forts on World An­i­mal Day.

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