Big game ban holds a gun to SA’s head
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.