By Demerara Waves
Guyana's Wildlife Management Authority (WMA) on Sunday confirmed that two shipments of caimans destined for The Netherlands and Ukraine within the past two weeks were seized by Dutch authorities.
The WMA said officials in the Netherlands reported that the shipments violated IATA Live Animal Regulations. In the wake of the discovery of the live and dead caimans, the Authority said it would take steps to ensure Guyanese inspectors are trained to comply with IATA Live Animal Regulations.
Following is the full text of the WMA statement:
On November 29, 2013, a shipment of caimans departed Guyana destined for The Netherlands. Upon arrival in The Netherlands, several caimans were found dead. The shipment was routed through Canada and Turkey. The Dutch Authorities determined that the animals had not been transported in accordance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations. They noted that ventilation was not adequate for the caimans, the caimans were transported “too cold” and that the packing density outlined by the IATA Live Animal Regulations was not adhered to.
On December 12, 2013 another shipment of caimans departed Guyana, destined for Ukraine. The shipment was routed through The Netherlands where the Dutch Authorities once again determined that the caimans were transported in violation of the IATA Live Animal Regulations and seized the shipment. The Wildlife Management Authority has requested that the Dutch Authorities provide further information on the specific violations pertaining to this shipment and is awaiting a response.
The general container requirements (Live Animal Regulations, 2011, pp. 278-280) indicate that the dimensions of inner enclosures and/or outer enclosures must be related to the actual size of the specimens being transported. In general, the container must allow the animal to lie in a natural manner with enough space so that stacking does not take place. Further, the height of the container should allow air flow over the animals but must also prevent stacking.
With regard to ventilation and temperature, it is noted that reptiles are cold blooded and have lower oxygen requirements than birds and mammals. More....