Thousands of animals are moved annually through OR Tambo International Airport both internationally and nationally, and this airport, as well as others around the country are closely monitored by Inspectors. The welfare issues encountered involve sub-standard crates, insufficient ventilation, overcrowding, long periods of travel and stand-overs in warehouses due to delays in legal clearances, the incorrect loading and handling of crates containing live animals as well as the lack of care in placement within the warehouses and outside in a variety of weather conditions. Our trained Inspectors promote the highest standards of animal welfare and ensure compliance to International Air Transport Association (IATA) live animal regulations.
The Special Project Unit Inspectors also conduct inspections at the various departments stationed at Airports who make use of dogs for security, patrolling, customs services and wildlife management. Read more here