Delta is not the only one. It’s the only American airline. By the way, Cecil’s head was found at the hunt organizer’s home …. never left Africa!
Delta Airlines is sending a message to people who would kill rare African animals and take their body parts home as trophies: These souvenirs won’t be welcomed on their flights any longer.
On Monday, Delta joined a growing list of airlines banning shipments of certain animal trophies in response to widespread outrage an American trophy hunter sparked by killing Zimbabwe’s famed lion, Cecil.
“Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight,” airline officials said in a statement Monday.
“Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species,” the company said. “Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”
Banning big game trophy shipments certainly won’t eliminate safari hunting altogether (real change will…
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