August 11, 2020 Doing Our Part to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Recognizing the environmental risks and consequences of illegal wildlife trade, Air Canada has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to illegal wildlife trafficking by signing the Buckingham Palace Declaration.
We recognize we have an on-going responsibility to ensure that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate the risk that wildlife is trafficked through cargo operations and through those of all our service providers.
According to IATA, the international illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth at least US$19 billion annually. The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership says this trade also affects more than 7,000 species every year. Wildlife trafficking spreads zoonotic diseases in addition to threatening ecosystems.
Doing Our Part
As part of our commitment to the Buckingham Palace Declaration, Air Canada Cargo has embarked on certification processes for IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) and Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT).
We have already taken steps to prevent illegal wildlife trafficking. Through IATA, we are signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As such, we do not accept shipments of threatened species or wildlife known as unsustainably traded and their related products for carriage in cargo.