Alitalia, along with Etihad Airways equity partners, has signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration, committing to major steps to fight illegal wildlife trafficking and efforts to help protect many of the world’s iconic wildlife species.
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented alliance of conservation organizations and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The initiative aims to address current conservation issues with an initial focus on supporting efforts to prevent the growing trade in illegal wildlife and products around the world. The Transport Taskforce, launched in December 2014, has identified specific actions that the transport industry can take in supporting the race against extinction.
Alitalia has already refused to transport hunting trophies on his planes for some years, but now with the signing of the Buckingham Palace Declaration we have further reinforced our commitment to the protection of species threatened with extinction. Having the Etihad equity partners as signatories ensures a more extensive and impactful result over 348 destinations. The Declaration includes eleven commitments developed to support global efforts to prevent illegal wildlife smuggling, which encourage the transport industry to specifically help shut down the routes exploited by wildlife traffickers. Airlines will support in a number of ways including increasing passenger awareness, providing capacity building at airports and working closely to support the efforts of customs and law enforcement authorities.