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Animals have been transported by air since the early 1930's. In today's modern world, carriage of live animals by air is considered the most humane and expedient method of transportation over long distances.

Traveler's Pet Corner

Detailed information on the transportation of your cat or dog by air is available on the Traveler's Pet Corner.

IATA's Live Animal Regulations  

IATA's Live Animals Regulations (LAR) is the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines. Whether it is a pet, an animal transported for zoological or agricultural purposes or for any other reason, the objective of the LAR is to ensure all animals are transported safely and humanely by air. The 45th edition of the regulations came into effect on 1 January 2019.

Addendum to the 45th Edition of the LAR

Users of the Live Animals Regulations (LAR) are asked to note the following amendments to the 45th Edition effective 1 January 2019. 

More Live Animal Regulations Documentation

Checklist for the LAR 45th Edition IATA Live Animals Acceptance Checklist (pdf)

Live Animals and Perishables Board

IATA ensures that both safety and animal welfare are addressed in all regulatory issues pertaining to transportation of live animals by air. IATA coordinates the Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB) and provides key input to the airline industry on issues such as animal welfare, identification, and animal behavior based on modern science.

On the transportation of live dolphins

It is the role of governments to set and enforce the rules concerning the transportation of live animals. IATA, however, publishes the Live Animals Regulations which all IATA members are expected to adhere to. These regulations are there to ensure that live animals are handled and transported in such a way that their welfare is top of mind by all parties involved and that they always travel in safe, healthy and humane conditions.

Questions dedicated to the concerns and issues that affect the public display of marine mammals should be addressed to the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

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