Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SAfrica: Grim End for Antelopes From Czech Zoo

The following was reported on ABS News website:
Eight antelopes from a zoo in the Czech Republic were flown in crates to South Africa, where officials concluded they were illegally imported and that they might bring a disease into the country. They languished in a cargo hold for two days before wildlife veterinarians slaughtered them because the animals' return to Europe could not be arranged.
The killing of the sitatunga antelopes set off a whirlwind of accusations this week about the improper handling of wildlife in a deal between two zoos in capital cities.
The Prague zoo accused the Johannesburg zoo of passing itself off as the animal importer while surreptitiously acting on behalf of a private breeder. The Johannesburg zoo did not immediately comment.
Animal welfare officers weighed in, saying the antelopes were kept in small containers in their final days and suffered dehydration and abrasions as they tried to reach incorrectly placed water bowls.
"The animals were hugely stressed and it was very disturbing to see the blood-splattered crates," said Wendy Willson, an inspector for a national council that seeks to protect animals.
The antelopes arrived at Johannesburg's main international airport without "all the necessary veterinary import documentation" and an attempt to return them to the Czech Republic failed because Germany refused to let them transit its territory, South Africa's department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said Wednesday. The antelopes had arrived on Friday on a Lufthansa flight via Frankfurt.
The antelopes had to be put down because of the threat to local livestock, the department said.
"Risking the introduction of a new disease will have a crippling effect on the industry, not only as a result of loss of markets, but because of the large mortalities that will be experienced," it said in a statement.
Animal welfare officials question how the antelopes, which are indigenous to Africa, were sent despite a restriction in the movement of antelope species from Europe. They also question some wildlife veterinarians who refused to put down the antelopes, thereby prolonging their suffering.
The Prague zoo, a major breeder of sitatunga antelopes, sent all import documents requested by the Johannesburg zoo and the animals were slaughtered because of "one missing veterinary examination," Prague zoo director Miroslav Bobek said.
"The whole affair had disastrous results!" Bobek said in a statement.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Sound like a crazy question, however one that Lufthansa Airlines are going to do for your pet if you use their aircraft.

Yes, this incredible news comes directly from Lufthansa in the form of the following quote,
Our colleagues in FRA for now are insisting on a MIN charge 1 CUB M (167 kg) for all cages up to 80 x 55 x 55 cm. And 2 cub M for all larger cages.”

For those of you who are unsure what this means, the size shown in the Lufthansa example above 80 x 55 x55 cms is equal to 40 kilos NOT 167 kilos, this means you have to pay four times more with Lufthansa than any other airline.

If you are the owner of a medium size dog such as a lab, this could mean Lufthansa will expect you to pay them on a chargeable weight of 333 kilos which is equal to 2 cubic meters.

We suggest you think very hard before you book your family pet with an airline that wants to add weight to YOUR pet.

We work with various airlines to find the best solutions, based on safety and costs, please contact us for more details.

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Services Boost Irish Air Traffic

New airline services at Dublin and Shannon are set to boost Irish terminal air traffic. In particular, Dublin traffic will be boosted by a number of additional routes to Canada. During April, Aer Lingus will begin non-stop flights between Dublin and Toronto, seven times per week with a Boeing 757 aircraft.

WestJet will also start daily service on 15 June with Boeing 737-700 from St. John's to Dublin, with connecting services from several other Canadian destinations.

Shannon air traffic is likewise set to see continuing increases, with Ryanair announcing a number of new routes for the summer, including Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow.
This positive news is against a backdrop of already promising terminal air traffic figures, with total traffic increasing at State airports by 6.2% in February 2014, when compared to February 2013.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New brand shows commitment in Aviation sector

Irish International transport specialist, EFL International Distribution Ltd., have further their development in the Aviation Logistics sector with their new brand image under the name of Aviation Logistics Network Limited.

Operating transport services since 1983, EFL is one of the longest and well establish, indigenous Irish freight companies available today. Being an IATA agent since 1986, their involvement in the airfreight industry is truly on a global basis, working with professional networks specifically geared to the aviation business.

Based in Dublin, their offices are within five minutes from Dublin airport and close to the motorway system connecting to all main cities within the Island of Ireland. 

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