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We focus on animal safety and welfare

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.

Download the latest Live Animals Transported By Air: Container Requirements and Statistics where we dive into several statistics on animals frequently transported, and much more.

Read about the Evolution of Standards for Live Animals Transported by Air

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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 Live Animals Regulations

The IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) are 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 IATA LAR is to ensure that all animals are transported safely and humanely by air.

The 50th Edition of the Regulations will come into effect on 1 January 2024.

More IATA Live Animals Regulations Documentation 


IATA Live Animal Acceptance Checklist (pdf)   

IATA In-Cabin Live Animal Acceptance Checklist (pdf) 

Live Animals and Perishables Board

IATA ensures that both safety and animal welfare are addressed in all regulatory issues pertaining to the 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.

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.