Qatar Airways Is Latest Airline To Increase Efforts To Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Qatar Airways is the latest in a growing coalition made up of a group of private sector, non-government organizations and government agencies that are working to combat wildlife crime across transport networks.

Already aligned with the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership, Qatar Airways has subsequently increased its commitment by also becoming a signatory to the  United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration to further protect endangered species from illegal trade and transportation.

As previously reported by WAN, United For Wildlife was founded by The Royal Foundation of the UK’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry.

Singapore Airlines Limited, Transportes Aereos Portugeses, Lao Airlines State Enterprise, China Airlines Ltd., 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, Air France and EgyptAir are also among other recent signatories.

“Qatar Airways is proud to stand with other aviation industry leaders to state that we have zero tolerance for this criminal activity,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said in a statement. “As a result, we have devoted resources to raise awareness to not only eliminate wildlife trafficking but to protect these creatures that we value.”

According to a report in Air Cargo News, Qatar Airways, which is the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, is among those that implement rigorous procedures in its requirements of consignors, in an effort to prevent and detect inaccurate consignment; one of the main ways this kind of illegal trade is carried out.

Worth an estimated $20 billion annually, the illegal trade of wildlife has become the fourth largest black market in the world; impacting more than 7,000 species of animals and plants, according to the statement.

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