SriLankan joins global crackdown
Illegal wildlife trade:
SriLankan Airlines joined a landmark worldwide drive to crackdown on
the illegal global trade in wildlife that has brought many of the
world's rare species close to extinction.
CEO, SriLankan Airlines, Captain Suren Ratwatte, who signed on behalf
of Sri Lanka's National Carrier, said, "SriLankan Airlines has long been
a pioneer of conservation within the global air transport industry, with
ground-breaking initiatives such as our 'Planet Friendly Flights' as far
back as 2009, and our own extensive conservation efforts are driven by
our 'Green Team'.""This initiative will significantly reduce trafficking
in illegal species and animal products, and we hope it will help to
bring many species back from the verge of extinction," he said.
SriLankan was among several international airlines which pledged
their full support for the 'United for Wildlife' initiative, at the
annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
on June 2 in Dublin, Ireland.
The initiative by major organisations involved in conservation is
being supported by the global transportation industry.