Delta and Amer­i­can air­lines ban ship­ments of big-game tro­phies

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

U.S. air­lines Delta and Amer­i­can on Mon­day banned the ship­ment of big game tro­phies on flights, in the wake of out­rage over the killing of Ce­cil the lion in Zim­babwe.

“Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, Delta will of­fi­cially ban ship­ment of all lion, leop­ard, ele­phant, rhi­noc­eros and buf­falo tro­phies world­wide as freight,” the com­pany said in a brief state­ment.

Delta added it would re­view its ac­cep­tance poli­cies for other hunt­ing tro­phies with the ap­pro­pri­ate gov­ern­ment agen­cies and other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Amer­i­can tweeted its ban Mon­day night.

“Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, we will no longer trans­port buf­falo, ele­phant, leop­ard, lion or rhino tro­phies.”

The de­ci­sions fol­low sim­i­lar mea­sures taken by Emi­rates and South African Air­ways.

The bans come dur­ing the peak hunt­ing sea­son in cer­tain African coun­tries and a world­wide out­cry over the killing of Ce­cil by an Amer­i­can den­tist and tro­phy hunter.

The lion, with a dis­tinc­tive black mane, was a fa­vorite with in­ter­na­tional visi­tors to Zim­babwe’s Hwange Na­tional Park.

Author­i­ties in Zim­babwe re­cently named another Amer­i­can al­leged to have taken part in an illegal tro­phy kill of a lion in the coun­try.

A gov­ern­ment state­ment also said a sa­fari or­ga­nizer has been ar­rested as part of the crack­down on hunt­ing near the big game re­serve where Ce­cil lived.

Amer­i­can den­tist Wal­ter Palmer killed Ce­cil with a bow and arrow and paid some US$50,000 for the hunt.

Hunt­ing of such game has been sus­pended bar­ring spe­cial per­mis­sion from wildlife park author­i­ties.

AP

In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, a Delta Air Lines 747-400 plane sits parked at Seat­tle-Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Seat­tle, Washington.

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