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Game over on Emirates flights
Lucrative big game hunting in South Africa, Zimbabwe and other countries has been dealt a blow by an Emirates Airline decision to ban from its aircraft any elephant, rhino, lion or tiger hunting trophy. The ban goes further than an existing Emirates refusal to carry endangered species listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). For example, elephants from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are not covered by Appendix I, meaning hunting trophies can be exported if certain conditions are fulfilled. Emirates joins South African Airways, which has a similar ban, while Air France and KLM have wider-ranging bans on Cites species and related trophies. The Safari Club International said it was “working to reverse existing cargo shipment restrictions and prevent new ones”. It also welcomed an announcement from Delta Airlines, which said it would continue to carry hunting trophies.
Canada is lagging behind other G7 countries in what it is prepared to do to cut greenhouse gases. The Canadian “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” (INDC), or reduction pledge, ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Paris in late 2015 promised an emissions cut by 2030 of 30%...