Target: CEO of Emirate Airlines, Tim Clark
Goal: Praise Emirates Airlines for banning the transport of hunting trophies of exotic animals such as elephants, rhinos, and lions.
Emirate Airlines will no longer allow the transportation of hunting trophies of elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, and other exotic animals, following in the footsteps of South Africa Airlines.
The new rule will become effective immediately and help decrease the illegal trade and transportation of these animals in South Africa and worldwide. Lion trophies in particular have become popular in the exotic wildlife trade. Hunters who visit Africa pay a hefty fee for the opportunity to shoot wild or captive-bred animals such as lions. These hunters then have their bodies stuffed and take them home as trophies.
This kind of business makes South Africa a lot of money, which is why it has taken so long to ban the practice. The airline’s decision may have been spurred on by Australia’s recent banning of the importation of hunting trophies. Talks in the European Parliament to ban the practice are also under way.
The airline’s decision comes before the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which controls the sales of certain animal species. Unfortunately, CITES still allows the hunting of some wild animals such as lions and rhinos to be sanctioned in some countries (such as the United States). The decision to ban this act may help put pressure on these countries to do the same.
The animals that these hunters use as trophies are all threatened to varying degrees. Please sign the petition below to thank Emirates Airlines for banning this horrible practice.
Dear Mr. Tim Clark,
I am writing to thank you and Emirates Airlines for instigating a ban of carrying hunting trophies of exotic animals such as elephants, tigers, rhinos, and lions. All of these animals are threatened in the wild to some degree and we should not be encouraging the illegal poaching of these animals.
By refusing to carry these hunting trophies, Emirate Airlines is taking a stand and not being part of the wildlife trafficking supply chain. Hunters who pay ridiculous amounts of money to shoot wild animals and have their bodies stuffed to take back home with them are only fueling this problem. The ban will hopefully cut down on the illegal trade and transportation of our precious wildlife.
Thank you for doing the right thing and banning the transportation of hunting trophies of exotic wildlife. Please continue to be a strong presence in wildlife conservation and not support illegal poaching in South Africa and worldwide.
[Your Name Here]
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