Transport companies unite to stop illegal wildlife trade
On 5th June, at the International Air Transport Association AGM, twelve new air transport companies signed the United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration, taking a huge step towards strengthening defences against illegal wildlife trafficking and showing their commitment to address trafficking of illegal wildlife products.
The new signatories are:
-Transportes Aereos Portugeses SA
-Lao Airlines State Enterprise
-China Airlines Ltd.
-Singapore Airlines Limited
-Philippine Airlines, Inc.
-Aerovías de Mexico S.A. de C.V
-Air Transat A.T. Inc.
-Malaysia Airlines Berhad
-Royal Brunei Airlines Sdn Bhd
-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
“We are thrilled that these companies have agreed to sign up to the Declaration and that we continue to see the commitment to tackling the issue of illegal wildlife trade from the transport sector. IATA and its members have been incredibly supportive of the work the Taskforce has been taking on and the fact that companies continue to sign up to commitments to take real steps to shut down the routes exploited by traffickers of the illegal wildlife trade moving their products is encouraging.”
Dr Naomi Doak, Head of Conservation, United for Wildlife
“By implementing these commitments the signatories can secure a game changer in the race against extinction. I thank them for their commitment and I invite any other company in the industry to sign up to the Buckingham Palace Declaration and play their part in the fight against the poaching crisis.”
The Duke of Cambridge, President of United for Wildlife