Air India signs declaration to fight wildlife trafficking

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New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) National Carrier Air India on Monday announced that it has signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration to fight criminal wildlife trafficking.

“Air India as a national carrier is committed to zero tolerance of illegal transportation of wild life from India on Air India flights,” said Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director, Air India in a statement.

“All the cargo consignments/passengers’ baggage, etc are checked at the entry level and the front line staff are well aware to stop such illegal transportation at the first point of contact.”

According to the statement, the airline signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration at a ceremony held this month at the residence of the British High Commissioner to India.

“Three of the biggest shipping and airline companies in India signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge,” the statement said.

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The Buckingham Palace Declaration has been developed by the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products.

Currently, over 40 chief executives, chairmen, and other leaders of airlines, shipping firms, port operators, custom agencies, intergovernmental organisations and conservation charities from around the world have signed the declaration.



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