Abu Dhabi's Etihad Cargo launches Forever Home for animal rescues
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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Cargo launches Forever Home for animal rescues

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Cargo launches Forever Home for animal rescues

Forever Home builds on Etihad Cargo’s existing animal welfare and conservation policy

Etihad Cargo has launched ‘Forever Home’, a new policy enabling the airline to meet requests from rescue and animal welfare organisations for not-for-profit transportation of animals at risk.

“Forever Home reflects Etihad Cargo’s desire to assist in the relocation of live animal rescue missions, which may involve animals which 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,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group. “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.”

Forever Home significantly expands Etihad Cargo’s existing animal welfare and conservation policy, which commits to identifying and implementing actions to help prevent illegal wildlife trade and encourage responsible sustainable tourism.

“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,” said Drew. “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.”

Etihad was also recently awarded the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Live certification for its LiveAnimals solution.

In other news, Etihad Airways has signed a letter of intent to source seven A350F freighters from Airbus. The A350F will play a key role in driving the airline’s long-term cargo strategy and achieving its target to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2035.

Read: UAE’s Etihad Airways to add Airbus’ latest A350F freighter to its fleet

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