South African Airways put a ban on the transportation of hunting trophies at the end of last month; now the Emirates have followed suit.
Effective from 15 May 2015, Emirates will not accept any kind of hunting trophies of elephants, rhinoceroses, lions or tigers for carriage on Emirates' services.
CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson interviewed Christina Pretorius, the Regional Communications Manager of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Southern Africa, to share her view on the decisions made by airlines.
There are a number of airlines who already have these kinds of measures in place. But the two most recent decisions by SAA, and now Emirates, to seize carrying hunting trophies is really very significant because, first of all, South Africa has obviously a thriving trophy hunting industry and one that we do not support of at all. It is really going to hit the trophy hunting industry very hard.
Emirates says it implemented the ban “to support international governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations that are managing wild populations towards sustaining the task to eliminate illegal trade and the transportation of hunting trophies worldwide and saving wildlife heritage.” News24
According to Pretorius, the illegal wildlife trade is one of the world’s most lucrative criminal activities, globally valued at US$19 billion annually. She says thousands of elephants are killed yearly for the ivory and the illegal wild life trade is ranked with criminal activities like human trafficking and drugs smuggling.
Pretorius says that the largest amount of ivory is being transported by sea with destinations to Thailand and China for ivory and Asia and Vietnam for Rhino horn.
She added that police in Mozambique have seized 1.3 tons of ivory and rhino horn from 235 dead animals. She said that 293 Rhinos were killed by April 2015.