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By: Paul Steyn

Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos

National Geographic

By Paul Steyn, National Geographic
PUBLISHED May 14, 2015

Elephants in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Emirates Airlines will no longer transport sport-hunted trophy animals such as elephants, shown here in Botswana's Okavango Delta, and rhinos. Photograph by Beverly Joubert, National Geographic Creative

Emirates Airlines will stop carrying hunting trophies of elephants, rhinos, lions, or tigers on its planes, the company announced this week.

The decision is meant as a step “to eliminate illegal trade and transportation of hunting trophies worldwide and save wildlife heritage,” according to a statement from Emirates.

By banning trophies on their flights the airline is essentially leapfrogging the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which regulates and allows for the sale of certain animal species.

“As part of our efforts to prevent the illegal trade of hunting trophies of elephant, rhinoceros, lion and tiger,” said an Emirates SkyCargo spokesperson, the airline “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.”

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150514-emirates-airlines-hunting-trophies-elephants-rhinos-tigers/

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