12 DECEMBER 2011
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The British have long been known as a nation of pet lovers. Virgin Atlantic is a beneficiary of the devotion to our four-legged friends. Since 2003, the airline has seen an extraordinary 1500% increase in the number of dogs leaving the UK to be reunited with their owners as they go on holiday or relocate abroad.
Cat travel has increased by 325% in the same period.
This rise is likely to continue into 2012 as the Government introduces new regulations which will make pet transport easier for animal lovers. Owners have to place their animals in quarantine for just 21 days for those cats and dogs coming into the UK.
John Lloyd, Director of Cargo, Virgin Atlantic said: “We’ve transported so many breeds all around the world – ranging from Siamese cats to Australia and Yorkshire terriers to the Far East. We’ve carried animals for customers who want to make sure their pets also get a holiday in the sun, for those starting a new life abroad and we’ve even flown police sniffer dogs trained in the UK to the Caribbean.” www.virgin-atlantic.com
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