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  • 16 Oct 2017 2:03 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)
  • 16 Oct 2017 12:06 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    ATA member - Jetpet - Celebrity Pet Transport moves

  • 09 Oct 2017 12:05 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    ATA member - Jetpet Wombat move with a twist

  • 15 Sep 2017 12:07 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    As part of the responsible veterinarian authorities in Cologne, in 2015 Cologne Bonn Airport was admitted as a transportation company for the commercial transport of vertebrates according to article 11 (1) order (EC) No. 1/2005.

    For the purpose of article 5 paragraph 2 and paragraph 3 letter b of above mentioned order three employees of Cologne Bonn Airport were named by veterinarian authority as the responsible people who dispose of the proved necessary qualifications. The executive board of Cologne Bonn Airport has named those three employees as Animal Welfare Advisors and gave them the authority to direct accordingly.


    Those are currently Mr. Frank Fielenbach, Mr. Gerit F. Thurm and Mr. Horst Zachary.


    In addition to their original duties at Cologne Bonn Cargo Centre (CBCC), they are responsible for all animal transports (Cargo + PAX) which are carried out on the area of the airport. 


    In the field of Passage, primarily the airline or their commissioned ground handling company is responsible all animals are transported according to IATA Live Animal Regulation (LAR).

    In particular with check-in of animals the check-in agent is responsible that all regulations of IATA LAR are kept.

    The animal welfare advisors will control and audit such transports in the future.


    As a rule, all export loadings of animals declared as cargo (aboard freighter or passenger aircrafts) needs to be pre-alerted on time and will get prepared and accompanied by the Animal Welfare Advisors accordingly.


    The Animal Welfare Advisors are available for all animal related subjects during regularly working hours Monday – Friday 08:00am – 05:00pm as follows:


    Mr. Frank Fielenbach      +49 2203 40 3095

    Mr. Gerit F. Thurm         +49 2203 40 4347

    Mr. Horst Zachary          +49 2203 40 4761


    Fax:                            +49 2203 40 5707



    In any case of an emergency, at least one Animal Welfare Advisor is available 24/7 (Call-on duty) as follows - Phone:  +49 2203 40 2050 (call diversion to mobile phone)

    Such emergencies (in particular at arrival) could be (for example):


    ·        AVI-H escaped during the flight from the transport box and cannot get controlled / retrained / captured / being sent back into the transport box before the offloading the belly

    ·        AVI-H has escaped during the flight from the transport box and has left the aircraft uncontrolled while opening the belly door

    ·        AVI-H has not been pick-up by the accompanying passenger and got stored at “Lost & Found” counter

    ·        AVI-H has fallen ill during the flight or has passed away

    ·        PET-C has fallen ill during the flight or has passed away

    ·        “Blind animal passenger” aboard … animal have got admission to the aircraft at the origin before take-off (during loading or were loaded into the aircraft together with cargo) unnoticed

    ·        Smuggled animals have escaped during the flight from the luggage

    ·        Landed airplanes and/or ULDs are strongly contaminated with fresh animal excrements


    In case of emergencies, if necessary, we work closely together with airport veterinary station/ border inspection post, fire department, environmental station, security, animalshelters, external veterinarians, the Cologne Zoo, animal forwarding agencies, animal waste processing enterprises and the customs authorities together to co-ordinate necessary actions.


    Köln Bonn Airport


    Gerit F. Thurm

    Tiertransportschutzbeauftragter / Animal Welfare Adviser


    Flughafen Köln Bonn GmbH

    Postfach 98 01 20 | 51129 Köln


    T + 49 (0) 22 03 - 40 43 47

    T + 49 (0) 22 03 – 40 20 50 (EMERGENCY 24/7 ON-CALL DUTY)


  • 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”.

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