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Zim activists identify airline used to transport 24 elephants

The elephants were captured in Hwange National Park and moved by Uni-Top Airlines to China.

FILE: The operation, which is in line with a trade deal between the two countries, has sparked outrage among animal lovers worldwide. Picture: Commons Wikipedia.

HARARE - Activists in Zimbabwe say they have identified the airline that transported 24 baby elephants to China.

The operation, which is in line with a trade deal between the two countries, has sparked outrage among animal lovers worldwide.

The airline that moved the 24 elephants was first mistakenly identified as Emirates.

The company's chief executive Tim Clark denied this and from information posted online, said the carrier was Uni-Top Airlines.

This is a little-known cargo carrier based in China.

The elephants were captured in Hwange National Park in a move that the Zimbabwe government has defended.

It says Zimbabwe has too many elephants and needs the cash from international sales to help stop poachers but conservationists say exporting the calves is cruel.