Have you noticed Emirates’ wildlife conservation society logo? Well, you cannot miss it with the lineup of animals on show!
The air company has not gone wild, rather has decided to make two of its A380 planes receive an animal makeover for an important cause: preventing the poaching and the illegal trade of animal trophies of exotic wildlife that are endangered. Emirates has decided to make a statement and take a role in the fight against extension for these species, told The National.
The President of Emirates Airlines, Sir Tim Clark said he is committed to break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. Therefore, Emirates airline will no longer transport sport-hunted trophy animals on its planes (came in effect May 15), but will use its resources to detect and deal with illegal wildlife appropriately; the company refuses to play a role in the wildlife trafficking supply chain.
Emirates formed a partnership with United for Wildlife to combat the illegal wildlife trade of six endangered species – tigers, lions, gorillas, rhinos, bears and elephants. The airline’s agreement supports the non-movement of illegal wildlife products in transit. These animals will not be accepted onboard or in the cargo department, said an Emirates SkyCargo spokesperson, irrespective of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which regulates and allows for the sale of certain animal species. (Source: ArabianBusiness.com)
Today, Emirates takes to the skies an important message designed to protect such animals, said the Project Director of United for Wildlife Dr. Naomi Doak, who has been a key driver for tackling the illegal trade of exotic animals both globally and in the region.
The efforts and commitment made by Emirates airline is a step “to eliminate illegal trade and transportation of hunting trophies worldwide and save wildlife heritage,” according to a statement from Emirates.
By banning the transport of exotic animal trophies on their flights, Emirates is “Helping to Save the Species”. The result it hopes for is the increase of wildlife survival and reduction of the loss of habitat.
Senior Adviser for Emirates Wildlife Society Lisa Perry believes “awareness is a key aspect in addressing the problem.” Proactive measures like Emirates’ campaign and new rules in collaboration with United for Wildlife, is “set up to put an end to the illegal wildlife trade which is killing our planet’s endangered species.”
Did you know? Among the array of endangered and threatened animals is the Arabian tahr (Hemitragus jayakari), a medium sized, goat-like ungulate, that has been depleted in numbers with sporadic sightings in the Musandam, the United Arab Emirates and the northern Batinah Region of Oman.
Though native in Oman, there are risks of them being extinct in United Arab Emirates; for them and all other endangered species in the world follow Emirates on its conservation actions and report any poaching attempts.