Singapore Airlines signs United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has just signed the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration in support of efforts to prevent transportation and trafficking of illegal wildlife and their products. The Declaration has 38 airlines under its umbrella currently and it aims to clamp down the trade chains for such wildlife on a global level.

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Photo Credit: United for Wildlife

Photo Credit: United for Wildlife

As a signatory of this Declaration, Singapore Airlines agrees to implement actions under the relevant commitments outlined in the Declaration, such as adopting a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade, increasing awareness among passengers and staff, providing staff training to identify and report suspected illegal wildlife, and engaging the relevant stakeholders.

SIA and subsidiary SIA Cargo have long been against the illegal transport of wildlife and unsustainable animal products. SIA prohibits the carriage of any animals or wildlife by passengers, for example, with the exception of domesticated cats and dogs that are checked in, and service and emotional support dogs in the cabin.

Photo Credit: Singapore Airlines

Photo Credit: Singapore Airlines

SIA Cargo only permits the carriage of live animals in compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR). In addition, following a thorough review which took into account increasing concerns around the world related to shark finning, SIA Cargo stopped accepting the carriage of shark fin with effect from 1 August 2014. This non-carriage was extended to include hunting trophies after a similar review was conducted in May 2015.