Virgin Atlantic Cargo calls for ethical standards for airfreight

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has called for the creation of an industry-wide ethical cargo policy that will identify shipments not acceptable for carriage in the aftermath of the killing of Cecil the lion.
The UK airline, which already has an ethical cargo policy in place, called for an industry-wide agreement that would duty-bound all airlines to eliminate shipments such as hunting trophies and endangered species.
Virgin said an agreement would also remove confusion and inconsistency from the market.
The call comes after American, United and Delta this week announced they would no longer ship lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters following on from a public outcry when an American dentist killed well-known Cecil the lion in an allegedly illegal hunt.
Virgin Atlantic senior vice president cargo John Lloyd said: “As part of our ethical cargo policy adopted a number of years ago, we do not carry certain cargoes including hunting trophies, endangered species, shark fins and any animals for research purposes.
“It’s great to see other carriers adopting similar policies but an industry-wide agreement that all airlines support would be a significant step forward in helping to prevent such shipments.”
Virgin believes the agreement signed in June by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and IATA to reduce illegal trade in wildlife and products that come from animals could “become the catalyst for this much-needed change”.
CITES and IATA agreed to create a formal framework for their ongoing cooperation on the implementation of standards and best practices such as the IATA Live Animals Regulations, the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations, and the CITES Guidelines for the Non-Air Transport of Live Wild Animals and Plants.
They will also support joint training and communications activities to reduce illegal trade and ensure the safe transport of legally traded wildlife.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest airlines news

Air Inuit takes delivery of 737-800 freighter

Air Inuit has added a Boeing 737-800 converted freighter to its fleet as part of its fleet modernisation programme. The…

Read More

Share this story

E-commerce: Just what the air cargo market ordered

Tim van Leeuwen, part of Rotate Consulting, provides his team’s observations on the size and impact of e-commerce on the…

Read More

Share this story

Cargolux teams up with Arthur Welter on hydrogen truck project

Freighter operator Cargolux and trucking firm Arthur Welter are teaming up to test out the use of a hydrogen-powered truck…

Read More

Share this story

Air Cargo News

Air Cargo News
Established in 1983, Air Cargo News is the leading source of news, information, interviews, analyses and reports to the global airfreight industry. Our leading portfolio includes print, digital and events that give businesses in the airfreight industry the ability to connect with decision-makers in this sector.