Airline companies ban transport of hunting trophies of exotic wildlife

Emirates Airlines will stop carrying hunting trophies of elephants, rhinos, lions, or tigers on its planes. This decision follows a similar one by South African Airways (SAA) Cargo.

At a time when the World Biodiversity Day is approaching (22 May) and the wildlife poaching is a subject on the agenda in Africa and worldwide, there are some good examples of large companies, which can effectively contribute to the fight against this calamity.

In May 2015, Emirates Airlines decided to stop carrying hunting trophies of elephants, rhinos, lions, or tigers on its planes. According to the company this decision is meant as a step “to eliminate illegal trade and transportation of hunting trophies worldwide and save wildlife heritage”. Recently South African Airways (SAA) Cargo had banned the transport of hunting trophies on all flights on all its flights. SAA made the decision after a consignment of illegal ivory on one of its flights detined to Malaysia was intercepted while in transit in Australia. The shipment had been declared as machinery spare parts. In March 2015, Australia had banned the importation of hunting trophies, and talks are now under way with officials in the European Parliament to also instigate a ban. Read more about this subject here.

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