Spanish airline Iberia to be fined after 12 Capybaras die inside plane to London

Spanish airline admits causing unnecessary suffering to 20 capybaras after 12 died in cramped cages with no water for 56 hours on a plane from Lima to London 20 South American rodents were flown from Lima to Madrid and then to London Staff at Heathrow were alarmed by lack of ventilation and found 12 dead  Iberia bosses admitted charge against them and will be sentenced on Friday  

By Lara Keay For Mailonline

Published: 13:32 BST, 17 June 2019 | Updated: 13:33 BST, 17 June 2019

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Spanish airline Iberia is facing a hefty fine after 12 capybaras died inside one of their planes after being locked up without water for 56 hours. 

The South American rodents were among 20 who were flown from the Peruvian capital of Lima to London, via Madrid.

Staff at Heathrow Airport were immediately concerned when the Iberia plane landed on October 28 last year.

The capybaras were found in cramped cages without any water or sufficient ventilation.

Two of them were found dead and a further 10 died in the reception area of the London airport, Uxbridge Magistrates Court heard today. 

Spanish airline Iberia is facing a hefty fine after 12 capybaras (stock photo of animal) died inside one of their planes after being locked up without water for 56 hours

Spanish airline Iberia is facing a hefty fine after 12 capybaras (stock photo of animal) died inside one of their planes after being locked up without water for 56 hours

The court was told the creatures started their journey in Lima, with Iberia's Chilean partner Latam Airlines, before being flown by Iberia from Madrid to Beijing via London Heathrow. 

Staff at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre immediately became concerned when the Iberia plane landed on 28 October last year, Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard.

Prosecutor Jaysen Sharp said: 'The crates did not have dispenser bars and insufficient ventilation.

'The animals were inspected and two were found to be deceased on arrival. The remaining 18 animals appeared to be in bad shape.'

He said one of the rodents died before it could be taken out of its crate.

'Another one collapsed, appeared to be drooling and showing cerebral dysfunction.'

A vet examined the suffering Capybara and it had to be put down.

Another 10 animals died

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