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South African Airways Bans Transportation of Endangered Species Hunting Trophies

01 May 2015 3:03 PM | Deleted user

South African Airways Cargo has placed an embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies from the country in an effort to protect endangered species from a lucrative but scrupulous international trade in the products, APA learnt Thursday.“South African Airways Cargo on 21 April 2015 issued a Policy and Procedures Advisory to its internal stakeholders advising of the embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies, which is limited to rhino, elephant, tiger, and lion,” SAA Cargo said Thursday.

SAA Cargo has in the past experienced problems where some of the shipments containing hunting trophies were miss-declared and were fined in a foreign country.

In one particular instance in early April 2015 a shipment lodged as machinery spare parts was discovered in Australia while in transit to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

“The shipment contained elephant tusks and was seized. We [SAA Cargo] were issued with a notice of seizure. We had to act swiftly to curb the problem of illegal transportation of animals,” SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.

According to SAA Cargo, it will keep the embargo in place until all other options have been considered and stricter control measures have been put in place to prevent a recurrence of a similar incident.

“When such measures are implemented we will advise all stakeholders accordingly in South Africa and at our international stations,” Tlali said.

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