The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced on Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates agreed to adopt IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) for transporting live animals to and from the country.

UAE now joins a list of 45 countries - including the European Union, Oman and the United States, and is the second country in the Middle East to adopt the regulations.

The regulations set the worldwide standard for safe and humane transport of live animals - whether it be a pet, an animal transported for different purposes - by commercial airlines. It also specifies minimum requirements for transportation of the animals.

IATA experts also assist the industry on issues that often go beyond the realm of conventional airline knowledge, such as defining whether it is best to use a sling or a waistcoat transport flamingoes or whether large primates can be allowed to move around in a container.

Emirates Airline is a member of IATA's Live Animals and Perishables Board and Animal Care Team takes care of both safety and animal welfare in all regulatory issues in transporting live animals by air.