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  • 23 May 2017 12:10 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

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    May 2017

    For the first time ever, a baby Orangutan has flown business class from Moscow to London. The special rescue journey was made possible by a team of experts from IAG Cargo, Monkey World and Moscow Zoo.

    Loren, an infant Bornean orang-utan was rejected by her mother immediately after birth at Moscow Zoo and has since been cared for by keepers. Experts from Moscow Zoo have worked tirelessly with the world renowned Dorset sanctuary Monkey World to help give baby Loren a family of her own kind again.

    Due to Loren’s young age of 21 months, the best way for a rescue to happen was for Loren to fly in the passenger Cabin. IAG Cargo and sister company British Airways made special arrangements for Loren to fly business class from Moscow to London, allowing her to receive care from a team of specialists throughout her journey.

    Over the last 3 months, the team at IAG Cargo and Monkey World worked alongside teams at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Departments of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and British Airways to gain the relevant approvals to allow her access to the cabin.

    Loren was kept safe and secure throughout the four and a half hour flight, occupying an IATA compliant container. She was accompanied by Gabriella Tamasi, an animal air transport specialist at IAG Cargo and a team from Monkey World who ensured Loren’s complete wellbeing throughout the journey.

    “While we transport tens of thousands of animals safely in the cargo holds of our aircraft each year, when we heard about Loren, her background and her age we realised we needed to do all we could to get an exception granted that would allow her to fly in the cabin,” explains Tamasi.  “She has gone through the same pre-flight checks that all animals we transport go through and as a signatory to United for Wildlife, it’s a real privilege to be able to accompany her on this exciting journey.”

    Following her arrival at London Heathrow, Loren was met by DEFRA on board the aircraft and then moved to the Animal Reception Centre who look after animals that fly with IAG Cargo each year.   From Heathrow she was moved by road to the Monkey World sanctuary in Dorset.

    IAG Cargo regularly transports animals protected under the CITES agreement and works closely with IATA, ATA, the City of London Animal Reception Centre and the UK Border Force CITIES team to ensure all animals are transported and treated in the safest and best possible way.

  • 06 May 2017 2:21 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Dear members,

    This is my first letter as your new president after I took over from the long reign of Queen Jennifer. Let me first thank her for the years she served as our president and all the work and hours she put in filling in for various other presidents who could not serve due to circumstances.

    I took over as well in not the normal way as Raymond Tilburg who was are president elect could not take up the function. I am glad to say that Raymond will stay on as a member and his knowledge and expertise are most welcome in our group.

    Now that the Lisbon conference is over, your board is already working on planning the next conference in Hong Kong and we are working at an even faster pace then the last years to get the conference organized. Because we decided to have it together with the Longines Masters, we had to move the date up to February. At the moment we are already looking for speakers and of course we would also like to hear from all of you if there are certain topics that you find interesting or if you have someone in mind that could be a good speaker.

    Because the conference is together with a jumping show, I truly hope that there will be a big attendance from the horse side. I would here also like to mention our new president-elect Filip Vande Capelle. I know he will do a wonderful job and will be of great assistance making the Hong Kong Conference a success.

    Lastly a word to our sponsors for the Lisbon conference. Thank you for your continued support in making the conference a highlight for many of us during the year. Your contributions really help us to bring in speakers that are of interest to many.

    Jeff Segers

  • 24 Apr 2017 10:32 AM | Anonymous member

    March 23 (UPI) -- Border guards in Ukraine examining a van carrying 2,245 parrots discovered a mismatched animal hidden among the birds - a baby lion.

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  • 24 Apr 2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous member

    Mar 30, 2017: Qatar Airways Cargo has transported fifty of the finest European equine guests to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, where the world's best riders and horses will compete at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage Finals from March 29 to April 2. 

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  • 24 Apr 2017 10:28 AM | Anonymous member

    Over the last several decades, Brazil has emerged as one of the strongest economies in Latin America, its per capita GDP more than tripled between 1960 and 2015, according to World Bank data. 

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  • 24 Apr 2017 10:27 AM | Anonymous member

    The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing a series of public meetings to receive input on the current Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) system. 

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  • 24 Apr 2017 9:31 AM | Anonymous member
    The ability of British zoos to breed and protect endangered species could be damaged if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal, the sector's chief has warned. 

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  • 24 Apr 2017 9:30 AM | Anonymous member

    HCM CITY - Southern provinces and cities have drawn up a plan for prevention of avian influenza A(H7N9) as requested by the Prime Minister, following several outbreaks in China.

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  • 24 Apr 2017 9:28 AM | Anonymous member

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - "Dr. Ernst, we have the results of the tests back, and they show positive for FMD on PCR," the voice on the other end of Dr. Mark Ernst's office phone said.

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  • 24 Apr 2017 9:27 AM | Anonymous member

    "CANADA - Representatives from the Canadian Pork Council were in Ottawa this week (4 April) to address the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food about amendments to Health of Animals Regulations with respect to humane transportation."

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