In the air freight of Livestock, several factors pose a risk to animal welfare which need to be closely managed by the exporter
- Livestock should be fit for travel. Animals must be in prime health. Meat and Livestock Australia have set out guidelines for the safe transport of animals here.
- Water deprivation of livestock must be managed within the standards set out in ASEL
- Transportation to the air terminal must be as quick and safe as possible
- The appropriate number and type of livestock crate must be ready at the airport terminal and loading into crates must commence as soon as possible.
- Aircraft loadmaster must be kept informed of crate loading progress and the exporter must be aware of the arrival information for the chartered aircraft
- Animal must be loaded according to low stress handling techniques
- Escaping animal contingency plans must be drawn up
- Aircraft ventilation has to be validated using LATSA
- Flight times and transit points need to be well planned
- The temperature of the cargo holds are critical to the well being of the livestock. Once loaded and air conditioning established, the cargo doors are not to be opened till arrival under any circumstances