Qatar Airways has signed the United for Wildlife Transport Industry Declaration, which focuses on the illegal trade in African elephants, rhinos, some big cats, and pangolins that originate from and transits through East Africa.
Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. “We are extremely proud to be part of this initiative that recognises the need to protect endangered species from illegal trade and transportation,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “It is important that we work together as an industry to prevent violations of the regulations that have been put in place to safeguard these animals and to adopt a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade.
The United for Wildlife declaration, which is supported by the International Air Transport Association, commits the participating airlines to increase passenger, customer, client, and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of illegal wildlife trade. It will also develop mechanisms to enable the transport sector to receive and share timely information about the transport of suspected illegal wildlife and their products, including methods of transportation, key routes, ports and other locations.