Delta and American Airlines have announced that they will no longer transport lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo hunting ‘trophies’, following the worldwide controversy over the killing of Cecil the lion.
Until recently, Delta had said it would allow such cargo to be transported on its aircraft, as long as they were the products of legal hunts.
Delta runs more flights to Africa than any other American airline, making it a popular choice for the 15,000 American hunters who visit the continent on hunting safaris each year, according to figures from nonprofit group Conservation Force.
American Airlines operates fewer flights to the continent, but still made their new policy clear in a tweet, which they said was “effective immediately”.
In a short statement, Delta also said their ban would be effective immediately, and added that they will “review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organisations”, hinting at a possible extension of the ban to other types of animal.
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