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“The purpose of this law is to offer protection for the life and well-being of the animal, arising out of the responsibility of man (mankind, humans) as towards his (its) fellow creatures.”

Die Tiertransportverordnung der EU. Zum Schutz der TiereWe at G.K. Airfreight Service and all colleagues that busy themselves with the transportation of live animals, see the endeavours of our daily work echoed in this first distinctive key sentence stated in the German Protection of Animals Act.

In the many different countries of the world, these animal protection acts address not only the lodging and keeping of animals (just think of the ordinance in the keeping of hen’s etc.) but also the animals that are sent all over the world every single day, be it the dearly beloved poodle moving house with the rest of the family or the much valued pedigree swine to ensure future generations on farms – strict terms of reference are imperative to safeguard and upkeep the well being of these animals. In order to accomplish all this in an animal friendly fashion, the operations and proceedings of involved parties can and must be solidly based upon the following two fundamental concepts:

EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animal during transport and related operations.

Ever since January 2008, this 44-page book is legally binding as a regulation in all EU member states and in all its specifications. Compared with previous animal protection policies, today one distinguishes between short and long journeys (over 8 hours), thus establishing differing conditions for the modes of transport (e.g. navigations equipment for road vehicles that transport animals up to 8 hours and more, feeding and drinking facilities), regulates the training of transport operators and drivers and provides the necessary space requirements for livestock. And with the declaration of this act, the workings of so called bad contemporaries who transport animals under poor conditions over long distances, mostly in overloaded vehicles with insufficient or totally missing supplies, at long last finds an end.

Naturally all companies who transport animals commercially have to be registered with the relevant authority, and thus provide the necessary capacity to transport livestock as well as also having a license – what would the business come to otherwise? Naturally this provides an extra hurdle for the companies who are also trained in the proper treatment of animals – but no pain no approval!
According to legal jargon, flight companies are also, “transport companies” needing authorization from the respective authorities to fly live animals. And thus many a pen pusher suddenly may find him/herself facing incredibly large cattle without gates to separate them!
In all seriousness, this training and the tests that have to be conclusively taken in the presence of an official veterinary, are largely commented upon by the majority of members as “loads of fun” whilst working with animals.

Even air transport of animals is mentioned in the EU regulation 1/2005 and here the second basic constituent was emphasised:

IATA guidelines for the air transport of live animals

IATA (International Air Transport Association) is an umbrella organization of airlines and has published many a manual of a legal nature for various groups, as in the air transportation of dangerous goods.
The manual for the animal transport “by air” is revised annually and is offered in English, French, Spanish, and there is even a version in Chinese, very nice to marvel at, full of all those little swirls and squiggles. Here you can find all sorts of information collected in 13 chapters, all of which one needs to know of in advanced when planning any animal transport (Can my parrot come along to Nigeria?) Very practical advice is given on the packing procedure for the construction of the shipping crate. All airlines that have transported animals in the EU, through the EU or from the EU, have to adhere strictly to these guidelines; whether this pertains to a domestic dog transport or to an elephant moving abroad to a new zoo.

But as usual and especially with house pets, most of the problems lie in the details: the animal should be naturally positioned in its transport crate so as to stand, sit, lie, and turn itself around quite comfortably. The animal needs feeding and drinking facilities and the shipping container must contain absorbents. The shipping container must be safely shut with the right screws and proper door locks, and the animal is not to receive any tranquiliser!

So don’t be surprised when you pitch up with your dog in your old familiar transport box at the animal shipper and the workers meticulously check each and every one of these points. No one is allowed to carry out an animal transport or initiate one, when the animal could be hurt or caused unnecessary suffering in the process – one would otherwise be dealing contra to the EU Regulation 1/2005. It is only for the best for your animal! You yourself would also like to sit comfortably and relaxed while travelling,- with extra space for your legs and a refreshment to go. Time usually flies when travelling in comfort!

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