Emirates debuts new wildlife jets!
Two Emirates jets covered with wildlife will take to the skies this week to show its support of United for Wildlife, a global collaboration that unites the efforts of the world’s leading wildlife charities to fight illegal wildlife trade.
Emirates' two A380s will initially operate flights to London on 2 November and to Mauritius on 5 November each wearing a different design featuring endangered wildlife. The designs cover the world’s largest passenger aircraft almost from nose to tail, spreading over the wings and under-belly of the plane.
The Chair of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce said: "We welcome the efforts and commitment made by Emirates airline to combat the illegal wildlife trade. This is more than just an environmental issue. The illegal wildlife trade is now recognized as a serious and organised transnational crime. It drives corruption, is linked to money laundering and can damage economic development in many of the world’s poorest countries and communities. It will take a concerted effort, involving not only effective deterrents against poaching and smuggling, and vigilance in policing and punishing these crimes, but also efforts to increase consumer education to cut demand to protect these animals for the future."
Consumers can contribute immensely by boycotting products made from the parts of these endangered animals and discouraging others from doing the same.
President of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark said: "Many animals, in particular African elephants, rhinos, tigers, and pangolins, are under extreme pressure because of an unprecedented spike in the illegal wildlife trade. The world is in a global poaching crisis, and everyone has to do their part to stop this, before it is too late. Emirates believes that the global transport industry, including airlines, can play a significant role to break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. And at Emirates, we are committing the resources to do our part."
Emirates will run regular feature stories about wildlife protection in its inflight magazines, and showcase podcast interviews, wildlife programming and feature films on its award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. Additionally, the airline is collaborating with international organisations to train and better equip its ground and cargo staff to detect and deal with illegal wildlife products in transit.
Emirates SkyCargo was the second international carrier to take wildlife conservation measures into its own hands. In a statement the Dubai airline said:"As part of our efforts to prevent the illegal trade of hunting trophies of elephant, rhinoceros, lion, and tiger, Emirates SkyCargo has decided that effective 15th May 2015, we will not accept any kind of hunting trophies of these animals for carriage on Emirates services irrespective of CITES appendix."
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