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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOVEMBER 2016 • Page 7 EXCEPT for some very ambitious conservation projects, time could be running out for some species on our planet. The ‘live animal department’ of international freight forward- er a. hartrodt (Belgium) Airfreight recently was pleased to make a contribution to the survival of rhinos. The challenging task: The transport of a young, 1100 kg rhino from a German zoo via Brussels airport to Australia. The highly-endangered mammal was destined for a breeding facility Down under to broaden the genetic diversity of the Australian rhino population and ensure its survival. This rhino airlift was deemed critically important to increase the num- ber of animals born. It's a proven tool for rhino conservation. As the Australian government has very strict rules and regu- lations relating to the importation of live animals, the trans- port project had to be carefully planned and all paperwork meticulously completed before the animal was able to fly. In addition, a. hartrodt had to comply with the Washington Con- vention on International Trade in Endangered species. “The transport of the rhino continues a proud tradition of our company supporting animal conservation efforts,” said Philippe Fierens, director of a.hartrodt (Belgium). “The welfare of the animal is, of course, the most impor- tant thing for us. We therefore asked singapore Airlines Cargo to delay the flight out of Brussels. This way we were able to reduce the transit time in singapore and minimise the rhino’s overall travel time to a minimum. The well-being and comfort of the animal was closely monitored during the whole trip by a very experienced veterinarian who accompanied the shipment,” added Fierens. The rhino in its tailor-made transport box weighed in at 3150 kg. a. hartrodt (Belgium) has transported live animals for some 20 years. In this time a wide variety of four-legged passengers including lions, leopards, dogs, tapirs and Mara, plus fish and breeding chickens have been transported. Aust welcomes a rhino from a Germany zoo TSA confiscated 22,000-plus weapons from bags last year The usA’s Transportation security Administration has revealed that 22,196 prohibited weapons were confiscated from checked or car- ry-on bags last year. Over 65 per cent of all confiscated items deemed ‘actually dangerous/ deadly’ were gun-related, including whole firearms, detached parts of firearms and ammunition.