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  • 24 Aug 2017 12:08 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    How do you move two male lions over 1400kms?

    This was the question posed to us at Jetpets last week when we completed the move of two white lions, “Holden and Kimba”, from their home at Altina Wildlife Park to Dreamworld on the Goldcoast.

    The two brothers are part of only a handful of rare white lions in captivity and weigh in over 200kgs each. The lions hail from the Timbavati region in Africa and due to human interference and poaching, have not been sighted in the wild since 2010.

    “Welcoming Holden and Kimba to Dreamworld will further help conservation initiatives for cats in the wild through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and will raise awareness of the plight of our vulnerable and endangered big cats around the world”, a Dreamworld spokesperson said.

    The lions were picked up at Altina Wildlife Park last Wednesday by Jetpets pet handlers and were transported in custom built steel crates to ensure they remained calm and comfortable during transit. The lions personal handlers, who have raised them since they were cubs, also made the journey to check the lions condition during the numerous stops on the way to their holiday destination.

    The 200kg plus white lion is lifted on to Jetpets transport truck

    “It was a rewarding experience being involved in the move of these majestic lions, our service and relationship with Dreamworld continues to make Jetpets the leader in animal transport in Australia”, Montana Sheridan, National Customer Service Manager.

    Guests to Dreamworld will have the opportunity to have a once in a lifetime face to face encounter with the imposing lions from this week through to mid July, when they will be transported back to their home at Altina Wildlife Park.

    The brothers exploring their new enclosure at Dreamworld

    Website link - click here.


  • 14 Aug 2017 12:13 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    To celebrate World Elephant Day and help stomp out illegal trade of wildlife, Heathrow has created and installed a pop-up interactive display at the airport’s Terminal 5 today.

    The pop-up will be run in partnership with Border Force and IAG Cargo to support United for Wildlife’s ‘United for Elephants’ Campaign and raise awareness of critically endangered species. Heathrow will unite airport partners and travellers under a common purpose – to create a global movement for change – using interactive games and displays.

    The installation will feature a limited edition Angry Birds ‘united for elephants’ game, elephant masks for kids and virtual reality headsets taking travellers to visit elephants in the Serengeti to inspire them to learn about and help protect endangered species. Representatives from Border Force and IAG Cargo will also be on hand to provide passengers with further information about elephants and illegal trade. Border Force’s CITES team will also display examples of elephant product seized at Heathrow.

    Matt Gorman, Heathrow Director of Sustainability said:

    “As a leading international travel hub, Heathrow has a responsibility to take the best possible care of everyone and everything that passes through our gates. We are proud to be a key signatory of the United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration and are committed to working with our partners to create a world worth traveling, for future generations.”

    As part of Heathrow’s plan for sustainable growth – Heathrow 2.0 – the airport is committed to take action to help curb illegal trade in endangered species, and therefore protect the world’s precious wildlife. This event is part of that commitment and will help Heathrow to meet its ambition to ensure no illegal wildlife or illegal animal products pass through the airport.

    Naomi Doak, Head of Conservation Programmes, United for Wildlife said:


    “Working with the private sector and in particular transport companies is crucial if we are going to break the supply chain for illegal wildlife products. The work that Heathrow, Border Force and IAG Cargo are doing on this issue provides a leading light not only in activities like this one on World Elephant Day, but also as a group of organisations from across the sector working together. It is only through effective partnerships like this that we will be able to create a future for some of the world’s most iconic species.”

    Grant Miller, head of the Border Force CITES team, said:

     “Although this was a fun event it had a very serious message behind it. Ivory smuggling on export from the UK is a serious contributory factor in the threat of extinction faced by many species of elephant. Border Force’s specialist CITES team takes its role in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking very seriously and, working together with our partners in the UK and internationally, we are determined to bring it to an end. We continue to work with the transport sector to develop more eyes and ears on the ground and make Heathrow an ethical gateway to the world.”

    Gabriella Tamasi, Live Animal Product Compliance Manager at IAG Cargo said:

    “The air cargo industry plays an important role in the protection of endangered species, we regularly transport animals protected under CITES and as a signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration for ‘United for Wildlife’ we are proud to be working closely with our partners to ensure that all animals are transported and treated in the safest and best possible way”.


  • 02 Aug 2017 2:05 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    World elephant day is now just 5 days away, so this whole week we are focusing on elephants and elephants only!

    There had never been a more important time than right now to show your support for elephants. Find out how you can help now! https://goo.gl/bKQZe9


  • 28 Jul 2017 1:58 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)
  • 14 Jul 2017 2:06 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Brussels, Belgium - European Commission welcomed the publication of practical guidelines on assessing the fitness for transport of equidae (horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids), an essential resource for anyone involved in the transport process, which was produced through a collaboration of agri-food, transport, veterinary organisations and animal welfare groups supported by the European Commission.

    The guidelines have been produced following extensive research and consultation by the stakeholder group coordinated by World Horse Welfare and Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA).

    The guidelines are designed to set out clear and simple methods of assessing the fitness of equidae for transport to support a number of objectives including; helping maintain good health among animals and humans, reducing the risk of disease transmission and preventing animal suffering. The guidelines also support transporters in avoiding penalties, financial losses, and withdrawal of the transporter’s authorisation or driver’s certificate of competence.

    In addition, the guidelines offer a health and transport checklist and a quick reference guide to assess vital signs and health concerns. Whilst the guidelines will help protect animal welfare, they also aim to help protect the health and safety of anyone involved in the transport process, supporting transport professionals in the enforcement and understanding of EU Regulation 1/2005 which states that ‘No animal shall be transported unless it is fit for the intended journey’.

    The guidelines were welcomed by Andrea Gavinelli, Head of Unit for Official Controls and Eradication of Diseases in Animals: “These guidelines will be an essential resource for anyone involved in the transportation of horses, donkeys, mules or their hybrids and I am pleased that the Commission has been able to support their production and dissemination.”

    The guidelines also received recognition from Dr Bernard Vallat Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for 15 years before recently leaving the position. He said: “It is my pleasure to commend this visual guide to health conditions that may impact on the fitness of animals to travel. This clear and simple guide will help all those involved in animal transport to quickly and easily assess the situation and understand what course of action to take.”

    The guidelines are available by registering via FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) www.fve.org.

    The guidelines are currently available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish versions available in the next few months.

    The stakeholder group includes: Animals Angels, Animal Transport Association (ATA), Austrian Federal Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN), Belgian Confederation for the Horse (BCP-CBC), European Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives (COPA and COGECA), Eurogroup for Animals, Italian Equestrian Sports Federation (FISE), Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), French Equestrian Federation (FFE) and European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV).

    For more information please contact:

    FVE: Nancy De Briyne, Deputy Executive Director +32 (0) 2 533 70 20 or via email nancy@fve.org


  • 14 Jul 2017 1:50 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)


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