US air­lines end tro­phy hunter ship­ments af­ter protest

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

Three U.S. air­lines have banned the trans­port of lion, leop­ard, ele­phant, rhino or buf­falo killed by tro­phy hun­ters, in the latest fall­out from the killing of Zim­babwe's Ce­cil the lion last month.

Amer­i­can Air­lines said on Tues­day it would join Delta Air­lines and United Air­lines in ban­ning the trans­port of an­i­mals known in Africa as the "big five", coined by hun­ters be­cause they are the hard­est to kill on foot. There has been an in­ter­na­tional out­cry against tro­phy hunt­ing among an­i­mal lovers since it emerged that Amer­i­can den­tist Wal­ter Palmer killed Ce­cil, a rare black-maned lion that was a fa­mil­iar sight at Zim­babwe's Hwange Na­tional Park. Delta Air Lines Inc, the only Amer­i­can air­line fly di­rectly be­tween the United States and

to Johannesburg, will also re­view poli­cies on ac­cept­ing other hunt­ing tro­phies with gov­ern­ment agen­cies and other or­ga­ni­za­tions 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 en­dan­gered species 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 or­ga­ni­za­tion 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 [EMIRA.UL] 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 mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar game in­dus­try.

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