Delta Air Lines Bans the Transport of Big Game Hunting Trophies

Serengeti-Balloon-Safaris-Tanzania-Micato-Safaris-June-2013-0021-910x603Delta Air Lines just issued the following statement: “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”

There is no doubt this is happening because of the backlash over the death of Cecil the Lion who was killed last month in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer.

Delta is the only American airline that has nonstop flights to South Africa so this ban is going to put up a roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies.

Delta isn’t the only one that bans the transport of big game hunting trophies. The others are British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Iberia, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar and Singapore Airlines.

A lion and her cubs

A lion and her cubs

I’ve been fortunate to go on a number of safaris and they are life changing (see posts below). I just can’t imagine why someone would kill a lion (or any animal) unless it was for food or safety.

SAFARIS IN EAST AFRICA
In Search of the Big Five on a Micato Safari in the Masai Mara
First Look at Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp
Serengeti Balloon Safari
12 Reasons to Choose Micato Safaris for Your Next African Safari
11 Reasons to Stay at the Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge in Tanzania

SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa Safari

INDIA
Central India Tiger Safari

H/T Takepart.com

Johnny Jet

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3 Comments on "Delta Air Lines Bans the Transport of Big Game Hunting Trophies"

  1. Culture Tripper | August 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Reply

    Thank you for providing this list of airlines that will not transport big game hunting trophies. I will definitely take this into consideration when choosing an airline in future, as I don’t want to fly with bloody trophy carcasses or have their psychopathic so-called ‘hunters’ in the seat next to me. Kudos to Delta, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Iberia, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar and Singapore Airlines for leading the way!

  2. Arifur Rahman | August 4, 2015 at 3:06 am | Reply

    This decision is really disappointing for the American hunters.

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