Major U.S. airlines refusing trophies as freight

Written by Conor Harrison, Lone Star Outdoor News

In reaction to the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, several major U.S. airlines have announced they will no longer accept sport-hunted trophies as freight.

Delta issued the following statement yesterday:

Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.

United Airlines also came out with the same ban.

“We felt it made sense to do so,” Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said Monday in disclosing the carrier’s decision to prohibit transportation of those five species.

American Airlines soon followed.

“Effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies,” the airline said in a Twitter post.

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