Etihad Aviation Group hosts series of activities to mark World Wildlife Day 2018
Etihad Aviation Group has marked World Wildlife Day 2018 with a series of activities aimed at raising awareness on the importance of preserving the earth’s resources, including wildlife and nature. The group’s activities took place at various locations including Abu Dhabi International Airport, on its flights, and at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
In partnership with Abu Dhabi International Airport, air travellers passing through Terminal 3 enjoyed wildlife-themed giveaways and a quiz with educational messages in front of a captivating wildlife-themed stand.
Etihad’s Flying Nanny cabin crew members also joined in by encouraging young guests to colour in wildlife cards and to post the drawings on social media, using the dedicated #Etihad4Wildlife hashtag.
Staff at Etihad headquarters took part in quizzes to test their wildlife knowledge, photo opportunities with animal props and purchased World Wildlife Day cupcakes for charity.
Etihad also launched an electronic learning course for staff entitled ‘Illegal Wildlife Trade – An Introduction’ which explains how and why wildlife is smuggled, and how the airline industry can help prevent illegal trade.
Linden Coppell, Etihad’s Head of Sustainability, said: “Etihad Aviation Group is proud to be a leader in actively promoting the risks the world faces through the loss of many rare and endangered species. The activities hosted during the past few days highlighted the dangers of habitat loss, climate change and wildlife crime, such as poaching and illegal trade.
“The feedback received from Etihad’s guests and staff members was very encouraging and we will continue to build on this momentum during 2018.”
Etihad Airways is signatory to the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products, and has implemented an Animal Welfare and Conservation Policy to support efforts to prevent wildlife trafficking.
The policy not only covers legal requirements for wildlife carriage but also places bans on certain wildlife.
Etihad Airways does not accept the carriage of live animals intended for use in scientific research and the airline banned the carriage of shark fins in 2011, nor does it accept the carriage of hunting trophies using animal products on its flights.