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Combatting illegal trade in wildlife
KLM has a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade since 1998. The commitment and determination to fighting illegal trafficking is confirmed with the signing by our CEO Pieter Elbers of the ‘Declaration of the United for Wildlife (UFW) Buckingham Palace Declaration’ in 2017. Please find the link to the addendum to the IATA Live Animals Regulations.
The ‘United for Wildlife’ initiative is created by the Royal Foundation of The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry. IATA, Airports Council International, the African Airlines Association and a number of individual airlines signed commitments aimed at raising awareness of the trafficking issue among passengers.
The interconnected air transport network is being targeted by criminal gangs to smuggle animals or their products from the killing field to the market place. IATA is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.
Wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment and provides stability to different natural processes of nature. The goal of wildlife conservation is to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy and also to recognize the importance of wildlife and wilderness for humans and other species alike.
KLM has been committed for many years in the fight against illegal wildlife trade and has implemented strict procedures and regulations with regards of the transportation of live endangered species.