Big game ban holds a gun to SA’s head

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The South African gov­ern­ment said it was “dis­ap­pointed” by a ban on the ship­ment of big game tro­phies by Delta Air Lines af­ter the killing of Ce­cil the lion, as it will harm the coun­try’s le­gal hunt­ing in­dus­try.

Delta, the only US car­rier that flies di­rectly to South Africa, said it would no longer carry car­casses of lions, leop­ards, ele­phants, rhi­noc­eros and buf­faloes as freight.

United Air­lines, Amer­i­can Air­lines and Qatar Air­ways an­nounced sim­i­lar em­bar­goes amid grow­ing global anger over the lion’s killing.

“The de­ci­sion by Delta Air Lines to en­force a blan­ket ban fails to dis­tin­guish be­tween the trade in, and trans­porta­tion of, legally ac­quired wildlife spec­i­mens and the illegal ex­ploita­tion and trade in wildlife spec­i­mens,” said the depart­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs.

Last month, SAA lifted a ban on big game hunt­ing tro­phies that was put in place this year.

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