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Norwegian Air Uk fined for flying dogs into Gatwick illegally

An airline has been ordered to pay more than £4,500 for illegally flying pet dogs into Gatwick Airport.

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Norwegian Air UK Ltd was fined £4,200 and ordered to pay £334.86 in costs and a £140 victim surcharge at Worthing Magistrates Court on Friday 8 November following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards.

Dogs illegally travelled in the aircraft cabin four times between February 2019 and July 2019.

None of these animals were recognised assistance dogs and in two cases the dogs had not had the required tapeworm treatment for entry into the UK. This meant they were not compliant with the PETS travel scheme.

The Court heard that the airline has had previous warnings from West Sussex Trading Standards for illegally transporting animals and had accepted simple cautions for similar offences.

Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“Although the dogs were compliant with their rabies vaccinations, it is vital that all other inoculations are also up to date to avoid transmission to people and other animals.

“For the safety of other passengers it is important that only bona-fide assistance dogs, trained by recognised training organisations, are allowed to travel in the cabin of aircraft.”

You can report concerns about illegally imported animals by contacting Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or online via www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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Two hundred local pupils attend Eco summit at Crawley school

The Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young, and Engaged’ (EYE) conference saw eight local schools and 200 pupils from Crawley and Horsham attend Ifield Community College on Monday to get a practical understanding of the environment and the importance of sustainability.

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Aged between six and seventeen, pupils chose between 13 workshops where they could learn about making their own compost and the wildlife within it, and about the effect that different clothing materials have on the environment and therefore which ones are more sustainable to buy and wear.

Other workshops included practical team challenges on how to upcycle (reuse) everyday items – such as using old milk bottles as planters for herbs – and how to harness the power of both wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity.

The conference is part of the wider EYE campaign which seeks to bring schools in West Sussex together to focus on the importance of caring for our planet – to promote sustainability and encourage young people’s interest in environmental issues.

Gatwick’s Head of Sustainability, Rachel Thompson, gave an introductory talk on what sustainability is and its importance for protecting the environment.  She also discussed Gatwick’s ‘Decade of Change’ report, which tracks the airport’s progress on ten sustainability targets set over a ten year period (2010 to 2020), and explained how Gatwick’s buildings and fleet are carbon neutral.

The sponsorship of the conference is part of Gatwick’s wider community engagement programme which aims to make lasting and positive impacts to local communities and young people. Gatwick is also partnering with 15 local schools as part of the Primary Engineer programme to help schools teach STEM-based subjects in a more relatable and practical way to inspire more students to study the subjects.

Rachel Thompson, Head of Sustainability, Gatwick Airport said:

“It was great to see the enthusiasm of the students and hear their excellent questions and ideas. We hope today’s event will inspire more eco school projects and also encourage more students to consider studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and pursuing careers in sustainability.”

Irram Ali, Ifield Community College Eco Lead, said:

“It was an honour to have been able to host the first Eco-Summit in Crawley. At Ifield Community College we are focused on encouraging our students to proactively engage with environmental issues and this was an excellent opportunity for such engagement to take place. All students were passionate and enthused and will hopefully implement some of their new knowledge in our local schools and community.”

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