VIDEO: Emirates unveils wildlife-themed planes
Emirates Airline has revealed two massive A380s fit for Dr Dolittle. The superjumbo jets are decorated in wildlife including a six endangered species. This comes as part of a global campaign against illegal animal trade and poaching.
Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline 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.”
The two planes, which were designed in-house by Emirates, feature animals such as lions, elephants, gorillas and tigers. Though it is a serious environmental issue, the chair of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, William Hague, pointed out that it’s linked to other criminal activity, including money laundering.
“We welcome the efforts and commitment made by Emirates airline to combat the illegal wildlife trade,” said Mr Hague. “This is more than just an environmental issue. The illegal wildlife trade is now recognised 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. ”
As well as raising awareness, Emirates are also training staff to spot illegal wildlife cargo, and deal with any issues that arise.