POLL: Should all airlines ban the shipment of hunting trophies?

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Three US airlines say they will no longer ship lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe last month.

Delta Air Lines had a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies, announcing on Monday afternoon that it would no longer accept animals known in Africa as the “big five” because they are the hardest to kill on foot.

As recently as May, the Atlanta-based airline had said that it would continue to allow such shipments – as long as they were legal. At the time, some international carriers prohibited such cargo.

Delta, which supported shipping legally hunted animals as recently as May, is one of the three US airlines to ban trophies from flights. Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

American Airlines and United Airlines have joined Delta in announcing a ban.

The move comes after an American dentist killed a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe last month in an allegedly illegal hunt, setting off a worldwide uproar. The dentist, Walter James Palmer, lives in Minnesota, which is a major hub for Delta.

Delta has the most flights of any US airline to Africa. Several foreign airlines announced similar bans last week.

Delta will also review policies on accepting other hunting trophies with government agencies and other organisations that support legal shipments, it said.

Even before the killing of Cecil the lion, campaigners had called for major cargo airlines to halt shipments of killed by trophy hunters.

Nearly 400,000 people signed a Change.org petition that was started by a Delta customer calling for the airline to stop transporting exotic hunting trophies, the organisation said.

Lufthansa Cargo, for example, decided in early June to no longer accept any trophies such as lions, elephants and rhinos from Africa, while Emirates SkyCargo banned such shipments in May.

Although most animals are sent by ship, the bans will make it harder for hunters to get their trophies home to put above the mantelpiece, dealing a blow to Africa’s multi-million-dollar game industry.

South African Airways had also placed an embargo on transporting trophies of rhinos, elephants, tigers and lion in April after incidents of false documentation. But it reversed that decision two weeks ago, saying the Department of Environmental Affairs had agreed to tighten inspections and crack down on false permits.

Zimbabwe has called for the extradition of Palmer, who is accused of killing Cecil in an illegal hunt. The 13-year-old lion was fitted with a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University study.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 04 Aug 2015.

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Francis Jeanne McLaughlin

It is about time we all did somthing to stop this horrible sport as they call it. How would a human like to be hunted and put up on a wall as a trophy. I dont think so there would be an outcry. So why do it to innocent animals?? Just cant understand how people get such a thrill out of hunting a defenseless animal.

Valerie Dale Chahley

I am so pleased to see that some airlines are banning shipment of trophy kills. When will all this killing be stopped……. when there are no more animals to be killed??? I'm just sorry that it took the death of a beautiful lion for people to wake up and stop this horriffic practice.

Leigh Lofgren

another no brainer – this trophy hunting must be stopped and the airlines already hit the pasenger with every darn charge under the sun – stop this and as you make enough money on every other thing, stop being so bloody greedy and wake up

Lorna Bramley

Countries should also bann the import of the hunting trophies by air or sea. It should be illegal in all countries. Petition your Governments.

Lorna Bramley


Tierra Chapman

Hell yes! Time for ALL of humanity to come out of the Dark Ages and join the 21st century with their thinking and their treatment of non-human beings, including wildlife. No civilized culture tolerates animal abuse or animal abusers, and no one, no corporation, should continue to enable this brutal and self-indulgent hobby! Not even the rich will be able to buy these animals back once they're gone! Stop killing and stop shipping these macabre trophies!

Susan Lee

the best kind of "shooting" is with CAMERAS and live-action filming. Make that EXCLUSIVE and you can get more money charged for doing it and do AWAY with all the killing ALTOGETHER.

Eva Singh

Of course!!!!

Helen Wood

Of course they should. If the perverts can't take bits home, a lot of their pleasure will be gone

Debbie L Bullard

there is nothing attractive on this issue and if people have that kind of money to spend, spent it on digging wells, helping the people to sustain life by creating their farms, education and health.
Don't waste the money by donating to organizations, go their and do it for the people, this way they know exactly where their money is going and not fattening the pockets of corrupt government officials.


Yep it did help a lot blockading the Transhiment of Asian n African ivory through Dubai ports for the useless Hanko business in south & Far east asia