Iberia fined for (fatally) wrong animal handling
Iberia Airlines, a Spanish member of IAG, has been fined over GBP 142,000 (EUR 158,000) for failing to adhere to strict guidelines that govern the welfare of animals during flights – making it the largest fine for such offences in the UK.
The City of London Corporation's animal health service, which operates Heathrow airport's live animal border inspection post (BIP) and the Heathrow animal reception centre (Harc), prosecuted the airline following an investigation into the death of a number of capybaras – a small animal native to South America, last year.
And on a separate occasion in January this year, the airline was found to have transported a dog in a container that was much smaller than required by international regulations. (ah)