South African Airways (SAA) has placed an immediate ban on transportation of hunting trophies of endangered wildlife.
According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager, Australasia, SAA Cargo announced last week in South Africa t is placing an immediate ban on transportation of elephant, rhinoceros, lion and tiger killed as a result of game hunting activity.
“Hunting of endangered species has become a major problem in Africa and elsewhere with the depletion to near extinction of wildlife that once roamed in prolific numbers. SAA has taken the step of banning all transportation of animals killed in hunting activity as a result,” Tim said.
“In consultation with key authorities, SAA will no longer support game hunters by carrying their trophies back to their country of origin. The vast majority of tourists visit Africa in particular to witness the wonderful wildlife that remains. We consider it our duty to work to ensure this is preserved for future generations and that we deter activity that puts this wonderful resource in danger,” he said.
“We are actively involved in and supportive of preservation of African wildlife including rhino preservation, regeneration and anti-poaching activities. This is a logical extension of our approach,” Tim concluded.
Source: eTN Global Travel Industry News