(Video) United for Wildlife / Stop illegal wildlife trafficking - Emirates-backed campaign
This week, 2 Airbus A380 Emirates aircraft were covered with special livery (2 different models). Under the "United for Wildlife" campaign, Emirates and 7 international organizations are alerting poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
The aim is to discourage trafficking in wild animals, to stop poaching, to better preserve endangered species and to apply the law more effectively. And we can stop the illegal trade in wild animals by boycotting the products (clothing and footwear, etc.) made from the parts of these animals.
The two planes operated the first flights with the new livery: on November the 11th to London; on 2 November to Mauritius. The new livery covers approximately 5% of the fuselage surface, from the "nose" to the tail of the aircraft. The largest model, of the 40 applied, is 2 meters long and 42.5 meters wide. Both were designed, created, produced and applied in-house by Emirates.
Below are the reasons why this awareness campaign started:
- Less than 3200 of tigers live in the wild, and poaching on them is increasing.
- In South Africa, poaching on rhinos increased from 13 killed in 2007 to 1215 in 2014. Currently, 3 poaching actions are reported per day. In 2014, all over Africa, 1293 was illegally killed by rhinos.
- Every year, 30 pest 000 of elephants are killed in Africa. Central Africa is the region most affected by poaching rates twice as high as the continental average.
- The guards of the natural parks are not equipped and ready to intervene on the poachers. Currently, poachers intervene with firearms, helicopters, have modern equipment to catch animals, including night vision equipment. About 1000 rangers were killed in 10 years, as they intervened to defend natural parks and wildlife.